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Heycroft Primary School

South East Essex Academy Trust (SEEAT)

Pupil Premium

Heycroft Primary School is dedicated to maintaining high expectations for both staff and pupils. Our commitment revolves around delivering high-quality teaching through a comprehensive and balanced curriculum tailored to the specific needs and interests of our students.

We believe in providing challenging learning experiences accompanied by high-quality feedback to foster positive learning habits, growth mindsets, and resilience. Our primary goal is to help pupils realise their full potential, achieve the best possible outcomes, and prepare them thoroughly for the next stage of their education.

What is the Pupil Premium? 

The Pupil Premium is an additional government funding initiative designed to bridge the performance gap between students from disadvantaged/low-income families and their peers. This funding is utilized to accelerate learning and achieve the full potential of all students. Identified indicators for eligibility include Free School Meals (FSM), both current and historical, as well as looked after children. Additional funding is also allocated to children with parents serving in the Armed Forces. Schools receive direct funding and are empowered to allocate resources to initiatives targeting areas of need, ultimately closing any achievement gap among students.

At Heycroft Primary School: We employ Pupil Premium funding to implement a diverse range of school-wide and individual initiatives. These efforts focus on enhancing academic achievement, as well as social and emotional development and wellbeing. Aligned with our overall vision and school improvement plan, these initiatives encompass:

1. Maintaining High-Quality Teaching:

Continuous professional development opportunities for staff.
Individual interventions both inside and outside the classroom.

2. Personalised Learning Programs:
Tailored programs designed to meet individual student needs.

3.Rich Learning Experiences:

Engaging activities and experiences to enrich the learning environment.

4.Self-esteem and Confidence Building:

Initiatives dedicated to fostering self-esteem and confidence among students.

5. Preparing for the Future:

Programs aimed at equipping children with skills for their future.

We ensure that interventions are targeted, timely, and aligned with the specific needs of our students. Regular interim reviews of the strategy occur throughout the year, with comprehensive reviews taking place in July to ensure ongoing relevance. The review dates are listed on the Strategy Statement.

Who is eligible?

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals which could provide an extra £1455 in funding (per child, per year) from the government for our school. This is available for every child whose parent is receiving one of the following benefits - 

  • Income Support 

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit 

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) 

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If your child qualifies for free school meals or has at any point in the past six years, it’s important that you tell us – even if they are in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or take a packed lunch - as this enables us to claim pupil premium.

Please speak to the school office if you think you may be eligible.

Mrs. Rowntree

Pupil Premium Lead

Note: Our current Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in July 2024.

Download our Free School Meals Registration Form

pupil premium statement heycroft primary school oct 23 final.pdf


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