Epsom Downs Primary School & Children's Cnetre

Pupil Premium

Since 2011, the Pupil Premium has provided extra funding to school aged children who are eligible for Free School Meals. This money allows schools to make extra provisions such as additional members of classroom staff, a greater variety of resources or small group learning sessions for children. The aim of this is to close the gap between disadvantaged young people and their more affluent peers.

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative and more information can be found here:

PDF icon Pupil Premium

For the 2020/21 financial year, the school has been allocated £205,785 in Pupil Premium funding. The funding is being spent to overcome barriers to achievement by continuing the interventions that we have found most effective in narrowing the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers (see Pupil Premium Expenditure, Effect and Evaluation 2020/21 below).”

 Main barriers to achievement:

  • Significant numbers of pupils have speech and language difficulties which has an impact on progress across the curriculum
  • Significant gap in pupil attainment on entry to school ( Reception year) when comparing Pupil Premium pupils and those not in that group
  • A number of families receive support from the Family Support Worker where there may be external circumstances that can impact on learning, attendance, behaviour and pupil welfare.
  • Some pupils lack aspiration and engagement which can affect their ability to concentrate 

 Measuring the Effect of Pupil Premium

The effect of pupil premium is monitored half termly through teacher assessment,termly through data analysis and provision mapping meetings, through KS1and KS2 SATs and collated annually.

PDF icon Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/21

PDF icon Pupil Premium Expenditure, Effect and Evaluation 2019/20

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch Up Premium

PDF icon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Catch Up Premium


  • The attainment gap between pupils receiving the Pupil Premium grant and the non Pupil Premium group will close by the time they finish Year 2 in reading, writing and maths. We aim for the gap in attainment to reduce in each year group as a result of accelerated progress through timely intervention.
  • Pupils are engaged and demonstrate successful learning skills in all aspects of the curriculum
  • Pupils demonstrate higher level thinking skills in independent learning.

 Date of next review

Autumn 2021