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What's on at school?

Friday Nov 17th – Children in Need Ramble @ Marfield Wetlands, Masham – 1-3pm 


Tuesday Nov 21st – PTA Film Night – 3.30pm – 5.30pm 


Friday Nov 24th – Family Friday Lunch at noon - Booking required 


Monday Dec 4th – Y3/4/5  Ripon Cluster Carol Concert @ Holy Trinity Church, Ripon. (Afternoon) 


Tuesday Dec 5th – PTA DISCO – 3.30pm – 5pm 


Tuesday Dec 19th – St. Nicholas Nativity @ 1.45pm 


Wednesday Dec 20th – St. Nicholas Nativity @ 6.30pm 


Friday Dec 22nd -   Carols Around the Tree in School Hall @ 9am 

(Coffee/tea and mince pies will be served) 


Friday Dec 22nd – School closes for Christmas @ 2pm 








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Pupil Premium at St Nicholas CE Primary School



What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is special government funding which provides additional funding to schools for the benefit children from low-income families.  The money allocated to a school is based on the number of children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), the number of Looked After Children (children who are fostered or in care) and the number of children from families where a parent serves in the Armed Forces.

Schools are free to spend the funding as they see fit.  However, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support children from low-income families and other target groups.  Schools are held accountable and are required to publish online information on how they have used the funding.


Our School Principles

  • We are an inclusive school ‘where everyone is valued’.
  • We ensure that teaching and learning meets the needs of ALL pupils regardless of whether or not they are eligible for PPG funding.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are eligible for PPG funding.
  • We recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for PPG funding as they might not be registered for or in receipt of free school meals.  In turn, we also recognise that not all children who are eligible are socially disadvantaged or from a low-income family.
  • We carefully analyse the needs of our children and allocate funds accordingly, having identified priority groups or individuals.
  • We believe that it important to use PPG funding to provide additional help and support to those children and families who may, at times, need something over and above the consistently good provision made for all children.
  • We monitor the impact of any additional resources and interventions provided by PPG funding to ensure value for money as far as possible.
  • We make every effort to ensure that accelerated progress is made, particularly in Literacy and Mathematics.
  • We believe that the emotional wellbeing of children is key to how well they learn at school and that it is important to invest in promoting and supporting this aspect of the lives of all children and their families.

Our School Provision

 We ensure that all children have access to the following provision, including additional help and support when required:


  • Quality First Teaching where all children ..
  • In-class support provided by skilled Teaching Assistants
  • Learning interventions, delivered both in small groups and 1:1 as required
  • Support and advice from Specialist Teachers including those from Enhanced Mainstream Settings (EMS) as required
  • Parent Support Advisor (PSA) support
  • Nurture groups, support groups and social skills groups eg Circle of Friends
  • Counselling eg bereavement counselling
  • Transition activities
  • Playtime/lunchtime support
  • Participation in sporting activities including swimming sessions
  • Participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities, including after-school clubs, educational visits, residential visits, ‘Me Too’ type activities
  • Support for families experiencing financial hardship.


The PPG funding helps the school to maintain and enhance the comprehensive provision which is available for all children when and if the need arises.  It helps us to ensure that no child is disadvantaged in any of the work we do.

Allocation of Pupil Premium Grant Funding 2014/15:       £19800


We have identified the following priorities for our ‘Pupil Premium Funding’ for the academic year 2014/15.

1. Ensuring class sizes are as low as can be:

  •  To enable us to meet the needs of our pupil premium pupils we have increased our staffing in KS2 from 1.5 fte to 1.7 fte teachers.
  •  We have additional HLTA/Instructor hours for KS2.
  • The above steps will help us to ensure the well-being of our vulnerable pupils.

2. Ensuring pupils who qualify for Free School Meals have their needs clearly identified & progress clearly monitored. This will enable us to raise achievement for and close the attainment gap between those children who are eligible for pupil premium funding & their peers who are not.

3. Supporting further interventions, identified through the analysis of pupil data, which will help the children realise their potential, by employing & training staff to deliver;

  • Success at arithmetic
  • First Class @ number

4. Additional funding has also allowed us to ensure pupils have access to trips and other enrichment activities thus allowing inclusion of all pupils to the full curriculum.



Allocation of Pupil Premium Grant Funding 2013/14:        £11383

To ensure that we meet the needs of our most vulnerable pupils we have used our Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) funding to:

  • Reduce class sizes in KS2 and address pockets of underachievement. This has also ensured that we meet the needs of our vulnerable learners.
  • Increased the number of TA hours across the school to ensure that we deliver Wave 3 (1to1) Provisions consistently. This takes the form of personalised programmes designed with the specific needs of the child as the focus.
  • To provide resources to support specific needs of our vulnerable learners eg i-pads, APPS, IT software.
  • To fund extra-curricular activities and educational visits to support the learning and development of our vulnerable pupils.


The aim of the PPG is to narrow the gaps in achievement for our vulnerable pupils, ensuring that they are on track to make the same progress as all other children.

Tracking shows that pupils benefitting from PPG are;

  • Making at least expected progress.
  • Are more confident and secure in their work.
  • Are developing the skills & strategies to ensure future independence
  • Participation, enjoyment and achievement are enhanced through guaranteed access to all curricular & extra-curricular activities.


Allocation of Pupil Premium Grant Funding 2012/3:             £4861

This was targeted towards:

  • increase TA hours to deliver Wave 3 (1:1) provision including personalised programmes of work and intensive reading interventions, in order to ‘narrow gaps’;
  • provide in class support to ensure that all groups in mixed age classes, including more-able and Gifted and Talented children, achieved their potential;
  • reduce the size of classes by creating an additional class during morning sessions;
  • fund Clicker6 software and training for its use in all classrooms to accelerate progress in writing, particularly for those pupils who require alternative methods of recording;
  • fund educational resources such as high interest, low level reading books;
  • provide cultural experiences, for example, a visit from a traditional storyteller;
  • provide and support access to educational visits and extra-curricular experiences.



The impact was:

  • Progress was evidenced for children involved in intervention work;
  • All children, particularly those who require alternative methods of recording, have access to software which has led to an improvement in the quality of their writing;
  • Participation, enjoyment and achievement were enhanced for vulnerable groups of children through guaranteed access to all curricular and extra-curricular activities.