Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium? 

The Pupil Premium is government funding given to the school through the LEA to provide additional help to those who qualify for free school meals, Looked After Children and those with parents in the armed forces. From April 2014 it also includes children who have previously been looked after and have been adopted (after 2005).

How is the Pupil Premium being spent at Garstang St Thomas'?

In 2011 -12  the school received £7,310 based on 15 eligible pupils. This money was used to maintain Teacher assistant hours, for intervention groups throughout the school and for booster classes in Year Six, phonics training for Key stage one staff, subsidising school trips and breakfast provision.


In 2012-13 the School was initially allocated a total of £12,600 based on 21 eligible pupils. This money was used to subsidise out-of-school clubs, school trips and school residential visits, to provide breakfast provision for those in need and to part finance additional support staff to work with these children.

In 2013-14, the school received £27,900 based on 30 eligible pupils. The money is being used in the same way as in previous years. As with all children, progress is monitored closely, by staff and governors, to ensure that funding is being spent correctly and that all children are receiving the level of care and support needed to progress.

In 2014-15,  the school received £32,000 based on 30 eligible pupils and the money continues to be used in the same way as previous years. In January 2015 the school received a government award for the work the school has done with pupil premium children. For more information please click here.

In 2015-16 financial year, the funding is being allocated to the school's on a monthly basis but is expected, based on the October 2014 school census to be approximately £20,807 based on 28 eligible children. The school will continue to work on "closing the gap" in similar ways to previous years, ensuring all children have equal access to trips and clubs as well as support in the classroom. Governors and staff continue to monitor this support.

 To see how the school's performance with regard to pupil premium children and other children in general please visit:  https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/119528

If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals please click here to access the Lancashire County Council application form and send your completed form to the North Area office (address listed on the form), alternatively, you can call them at the north office to apply by phone.