Promoting and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential is paramount at Chestnuts Primary School. This encompasses the academic as well as social and cultural growth of both the children and their families. In order to achieve this, we aim to create an environment in which every member of the school can achieve success and fulfilment.
High expectations and consistency of progress and achievement for all pupils are embedded throughout our school, irrespective of gender, race, culture or socio-economic background, and this is enhanced further by ensuring Pupil Premium is used to maximum effect.
Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools by the government and it is then for schools to decide how this is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. The additional funding is provided so that we can support our disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. In school, the funding is allocated annually by the Pupil Premium Leader, the Headteacher and the Governing Body and regular reviews take place to ensure that our strategies continue to be effective.
At Chestnuts, we focus on the achievement of all children in receipt of pupil premium support. Details about how the money is spent by the school are given below.
The NFER and EEF have undertaken research which supports the use of the pupil premium grant at Chestnuts. Our strategy statement is rooted in research to help us best deploy our funding.
Several building blocks that are common in schools which are most successful in raising the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils have been identified. These are:
- Whole-school ethos of attainment for all
- Addressing behaviour and attendance
- High-quality teaching for all
- Meeting individual learning needs
- Deploying staff effectively
At Chestnuts, our pupil premium strategy is based on these building blocks for success and our allocation of the funding is targeted towards raising the achievement of our children who are eligible through academic, pastoral or family support.
At Chestnuts, the range of provision the school may consider includes:
- Smaller group teaching in identified year groups
- 1:1 tuition for individual pupils by teachers
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, teaching assistants or external agencies, including interventions
- Enhanced curriculum opportunities; for example, Forest School sessions, horse riding, music lessons etc
- Special projects; for example, Sign to Sing and other competition participation
- Activities which aim to raise aspirations of children and their families; for example, aspirations day
- Art or play therapy for those who have suffered bereavement or trauma outside of school
- School uniform for those in need of a little assistance
- Home learning support
- Books to support and encourage a love for learning
Is your child eligible?
A new online portal has been launched to help you find out if your child qualifies for free school meals.
Please visit to sign up, even if your child is in Year R, 1 or 2 and receiving universal free school meals, or if you have applied before and do not think you are eligible.
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or handheld device. If you qualify, you will receive a reference number that you simply bring into the office or email to us to start receiving meals and the school can receive additional funding to support your child.
Please register at https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims