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Pupil Premium funding is additional money provided by The Government to “Raise achievement and diminish the difference between children of low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.” Exactly who these pupils are is determined by the following criteria – all pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM); any pupil who has been eligible for free school meals in the past 6 years (Ever 6 FSM); any children in Local Authority Care (LAC) who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months; or children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. The funding is paid to school in 3 instalments over the school year and is based on data provided in the January Census with ‘Ever 6 FSM’ figures being provided to school by the DFE in February. It is for schools to decide how this Pupil Premium money is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision will bring the most benefit for their disadvantaged pupils.

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This is funding to promote sport and physical activity in Key Stage 2. The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. Holly House currently has 11 Key Stage pupils and 33 Key Stage 3 pupils. It is our intention to encourage healthy, active life-styles for all our pupils and physical activity is an important part of the curriculum for all pupils and staff. This includes timetabled PE lessons, regular Outdoor Education sessions, whole school physical activity options for an hour on Friday, fitness club option on a Wednesday, healthy options at mealtimes, extended day activities 4 days a week and targetted learning activities in Food Tech and PSHE lessons.

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Holly House will receive £15,000 of Sports Premium Funding over the year. We are planning to use this funding as follows:

  • £8,000 – PE teacher off timetable for one day a week to organise additional physical activity sessions, bring in external coaches and sporting ambasadors, organise competions within school and sporting fixtures with other schools and generally promote health, fitness active lifestyles across the school.
  • £3,000 – CPD aimed at all staff to gain/update their coaching qualifications to then work with pupils.
  • £2,000 – Bring in external providers to run health and wellbeing activities with pupils such as Tai Chi sessions once a week and or go offsite to use facilities such as climbing walls, activity centres and leisure centres.
  • £2,000 – Extended day activities that encourage more pupils to get fit and try new activities such as skating, fishing, bowls, Oz Box and climbing.

Evaluation – so far (19/1/19)

One member of staff has completed his YOTISM training (yoga for autism) and is about to start running groups 2 mornings a week. It is hope this will reduce levels of anxiety in younger pupils and set them up for the day – allowing them to access more learning activities and make better progress.

There are now 2 Tai Chi sessions running every week. Again this is helping with pupils with high levels of anxiety and other stress related mental health issues. Early indications suggest that this is also contributing to a calmer learning environment in class.

There is a full range of extended day activities and new pupils have taken up places and seem to be ‘buying in’ to what’s on offer.

Pupils are experiencing a full range of Outdoor Education activities.

External coaches are delivering Table-Cricket activity seesions once a week.


There is a requirement to publish the following data:

  • Number of pupils in Year 6 – 3
  • Number of pupils who can swim 25 metres competently, confidently and proficiently – 2
  • Number of pupils who can use a range of strokes effectively – 2
  • Number of pupils who can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations – 2


This is additional funding aimed at Y7 pupils who did not make the expected end of year 6 standard in their SAT’s exams. Even though Holly House has been asking for this funding for the last 6 years, it still has not received any catch-up funding. We will keep asking …… 

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Holly House School

Church Street

Old Whittington


S41 9QR


Tel: 01246 450530

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