St Matthew Academy seeks for all students to achieve academically regardless of their circumstances.
The academy has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential, and as a Catholic school, we take pride in dealing with each pupil’s individual needs.
Pupil Premium funding targets pupils who are presently entitled to free school meals (FSM) or have been on FSM in the past six years (classed as ever 6 students).
We should all have high expectations of every child regardless of their background. Not all Pupil Premium children underachieve but statistically are at most risk of so doing. Nationally it is a fact that Pupil Premium pupils have low overall attainment and the difference between these pupils and others is often referred to as ‘the gap’.
The funding, therefore, should be focussed on activities that have a high impact and have measurable outcomes in closing the gap. It is every teacher’s job to be aware of the identity of these pupils and how, in their own classroom, they can be instrumental in improving their attainment.
The Academy is required to report on the funding it has received, how it has been spent, and the outcomes received via Pupil premium.
You can download our Pupil premium strategy statement below.