Welcome to Costessey Primary School! Our vision is 'Ambition for All'. We strive to be a school where every individual achieves their personal best, academically and socially in a supportive but challenging environment.

Pupil Premium

Our Pupil Premium Funding

What is it?

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding schools receive for two separate policies:


  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces



  • £1,345 for each eligible primary aged pupil
  • £2,345 for each Looked After Child
  • £2,345 for each Post Looked After Child
  • £310 for each Service Child


Who is eligible for it?

Costessey Primary School receives a Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is entitled to receive Free School Meals or who has been entitled to over the last six years, any ‘Looked After Children’ and any children who have ceased to be looked after by the local authority because of adoption, a special guardianship or child arrangements order (Post-Looked After Children).

What is this funding used for?

We aim for every single one of our pupil premium funded children to reach at least national expectations in all areas.

We also want the attendance of our pupil premium funded children to exceed the attendance of all non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.

We have targeted our additional pupil premium funding on:

  • Ensuring we provide first rate quality teaching
  • Targeted intervention where necessary
  • Pastoral care and well-being
  • Enriching experiences
  • Parental engagement


  • We have an academy wide commitment to raise achievement for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and knows these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and is determined to achieve this.
  • We never confuse eligible pupils with low ability and strive to instill  'ambition for all' in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.

  • We creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • We use assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data, reviewing the work in books to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.

  • Leaders direct resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
  • We use data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
  • The Principal, Pupil Premium Leader and subject leaders have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
  • Leaders ensure class teachers, year group leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the academy.
  • The Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the academy’s effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.



From the information gathered as part of this Pupil Premium Review, the following actions are recommended:


1.    Governance – provide support for the Governors responsible for Pupil Premium to ensure they are able to articulate with confidence the rationale behind the strategy and impact of the specific aspects of the strategy.


2.    Data reporting – include progress data for Pupil Premium and non-pupil premium in data reports to capture accelerated progress that indicates how the gap is diminishing.


3.    Pupil Premium Strategy – update the strategy involving all leaders in the development of the strategy.


4.    Consider creating a document for Costessey that shows, through a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, where high impact interventions have been successful.


5.    Develop case studies for children where expenditure of Pupil Premium funds has had a positive impact on their outcomes – think in particular about higher attaining pupil premium children.


6.    Continue developing home-school links and parental engagement – parents are supported but how is this documented?


7.    Have strategy plans in place for showing high impact vs. low cost/time for interventions that support pupil premium children.


8.    Further raise the profile of attendance with pupils and parents throughout the school with the introduction of

  • an attendance league display,
  • half termly attendance class awards,
  • focussed fortnights/ months (identify the lowest attending fortnight/ month from previous year) with prizes and special assembly
  • consider introducing RAG attendance report cards at parents evening
  • invite attendance officer to talk to parents at induction meeting for new parents



 Please click on our strategy statements below for further details: 







 Please see previous  Pupil Premium reports below:


Pupil Premium Spending 2018-19