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Pupil Premium 

Pupil premium is funding that we receive from the government in addition to our main school funding, to benefit pupils who are deemed to be from a disadvantaged background.  Specifically, Pupil Premium funding is targeted for those pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or those who have received Free School Meals in the last 6 years (Ever6) or have been ‘looked after’ by the local authority continuously over the last 6 months (CLA).  There is also a smaller amount of funding for pupils who have a parent in the Armed Services. 

Though there is no specific directive on how the money should be spent it is clear that the money should be spent in initiatives which narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achievers and to overcome any barriers to learning.

 “Pupils who are known to be entitled to pupil premium make similar progress to the rest of their peers” Ofsted 2012

The 2016/17 Pupil Premium funding for Sessay CE Primary School is £6,600.  This is being used in a variety of ways to improve pupil attainment and to help, overcome barriers to learning.


  • Additional Teaching Assistant (TA) hours to provide support for vulnerable leaners within classes (£6500.00)

  • Renewal of an online tracking system ‘O track’ to ensure that all pupils are carefully tracked and monitored against aspirational targets (£500.00)

  • Funding for school trips, enrichment activities and afterschool clubs (£300.00)

  • Licence for ‘Mathletics’ to support maths development both at school and at home (£375.00)

  • Focused staff development through appraisal meetings, training courses and supply cover including a specialist Elklan speech and language course

  • Range of resources

    • Assessment materials

    • Reading books (‘boy interest’)

    • First News subscription

    • Cookery activities

Pupil Premium Strategy Report

Click here for our draft premium strategy report 2017 - 2018

Click here for our pupil reviewed premium strategy report 2016 - 2017


Please click the links below to see our pupil premium report and pupil premium impact reports for previous years

Pupil Premium Report

Pupil Premium Impact Report


Sport Premium

Our School has received £8300 (£8000 + £5.00 per pupil) as part of the Governments Scheme for supporting Sport in the Primary School. Over the last 3 years we have used the money to enhance our provision by:


2015 - 2016

  • Sourcing a specialist sports teachers to come into school and work with our staff on improving the PE provision in school e.g. contemporary dance, cricket, multi-skills lunch club
  • Joined 'Chance to Shine' Yorkshire Cricket project - £500
  • Specialist dance teacher providing lessons for all classes and up skilling teachers - £750
  • Providing a swimming subsidy as part of the school's commitment to every child becoming a 'swimmer' - £600
  • Joined the Thirsk School Sport's Partnership to allow us to take part in inter school competitions £1000
  • Provide more opportunities for pupils from Y1 to 6 to take part in inter-school and regional finals with transporting and staff £1500
  • Employed a member of staff to enable us to split the Y5/6 class so that high quality PE lessons can be provided within the school's own facilities - £2500
  • Purchase of new equipment - £1000
  • Teacher ipad for recording, watching and evaluating - £400

Over time we have also

  • Purchased new indoor PE equipment to allow us to use our school facilities rather than travelling to the village hall
  • Purchased new netball posts and marked out a new area
  • Established a netball club with new kit
  • Established a football club which caters for younger children for early enthusiasm 

Impact of spending

The school continues to perform well at inter school competitions and a large number of children have access to these.  Last academic year we participated in netball, cross country, multi skills, cricket, hockey, swimming and basketball.  The school has just been awarded the silver school sports mark for our school provision (2016).  Children are fit, active and healthy and enjoy the opportunities which they get.


  • All teachers are confident in delivering high quality PE at KS 1 & KS2 and develop enhanced sports specific skills in all PE areasacross the school.

  • Every child will leave Sessay CE Primary School ‘a swimmer’ (minimum 25m)

  • Children have access to high quality extracurricular clubs – netball, football and multiskills.  The clubs provided by the school will be aimed at different age ranges and cover different aspects of sport to increase participation e.g. KS1 dance

  • Children in Foundation and KS1 access their Outdoor area all year round therefore participating in regular exercise daily.

  • All pupils will become generally more active during break times through formal and informal games facilitated by trained staff.

  • Achievement of Silver School Games mark with the aim to achieve gold 

  • Increased participation in cluster competitions


How are we going to make this funding sustainable for the future?

The focus of our spending has been ensuring that sport is sustainable for the future at our school.  We have done this by upgrading facilities and equipment so that we can enjoy using them for many years to come.  We have also ensured that our staff have been 'up skilled' so that they are confident about delivering quality lessons and taking children into competitive tournaments.  Our children regularly compete in a range of tournaments and now wouldn't allow us to miss them!


Click here for our report


Spending for 2016 - 2017

This academic year we plan to spend our money in a similar way to previous years:


  • Coach hire to enable access to sports/events £1000.00
  • Thirsk Area sports agreement £1000.00
  • Swimming subsidy - every child a swimmer £500.00
  • Staff member to split Y5/6 to get the best out of the school facilities £2500.00
  • Equipment - refresh/purchase £1000.00
  • Specialist sport's teacher to train/enhance school provision
  • Lunchtime MSA training

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