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Pupil Premium

Each child is an individual with no child being the same, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face. The school community of St James and St John Church of England School unites in its aim to ensure all children prosper, progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers.

High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed below, is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.

The provision provided encompasses both direct approaches to ‘narrowing the gap’ and other more creative interventions, which subsequently influence academic achievement and very importantly enhance children’s social and emotional well-being.


Integral to our pupil premium strategy plan is education recovery, notably our approaches for pupils are responsive to common challenges and decided on an individual, needs-led basis with no assumptions made about the impact of disadvantage.


To ensure the approaches delivered by all staff at St James and St John School are effective we will:

  • adopt a whole school approach in which all staff and the school community take responsibility for improving disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raising expectations of what they can achieve
  • act early to intervene at the point need is identified
  • foster an environment of high expectations for all.