What is Pupil Premium?

Meridian Primary School continues to receive a Pupil Premium Grant from the government. This is for each child who is currently entitled to a Free School Meal (FSM) or has been entitled over the last 6 years, for any Looked After Children or those who have been adopted from care, and for any service children. We want to ensure that these potentially vulnerable children receive the best support possible and our strategy is underpinned by our school values. (Please click on the 'PP Strategy' button below for full details of our current strategy.)

Our key focus is to challenge any inequalities which may exist and close the achievement gap between children who are disadvantaged and those who are not, thereby improving children’s life chances.

Aspirational for each and every child in our school, we work hard to ensure the inclusion of all children and to accelerate progress for our disadvantaged children. To this end we strive to nurture the children in our care and use current research and evidence to creatively explore new and innovative ways to support both their social and emotional development and their learning.

How do we spend our Pupil Premium grant and what impact does it have?

We allocate our pupil premium funding to activities which are most likely to have an impact on achievement. In doing so, we use evidence from research and self-evaluation to make informed choices. We aim to improve classroom pedagogy, provide targeted support for disadvanatged children and support whole school strategies. Please click the link below for full details of our current pupil premium strategy

In April 2015 our school was "acknowledged at the leading edge of challenging low aspiration and underachievement" by the Mayor of London for our "exceptional performance". In September 2015, Ofsted said, “You are determined that barriers to learning are not used as excuses for underachievement. As a result, most pupils achieve higher levels of attainment than expected, given their starting points.”

Since then, progress and attainment of disadvantaged children have improved even more so that by the end of KS2, we have closed the achievement gap between Meridian PP children and ‘other’ children nationally. In fact, our PP children make more progress than non-disadvantaged children nationally and their overall attainment is higher. We now want to continue to challenge social inequality by maintaining accelerated progress for PP children, thereby narrowing the in-school achievement gap.