Willow Tree Primary School

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Pupil Premium

Our Pupil Premium Lead in School is Mr. Allinson.

Our Pupil Premium Governor is Mrs. Lowe.


At Willow Tree Primary School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and our staff  are committed to the principle that no child should be left behind. We are determined that every child should be given the chance to realise their full potential, whatever their background. Pupil premium represents a significant proportion of our budget and this statement outlines how it is spent to maximum effect.

We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils through:

  • An emphasis on high quality first teaching  and high expectations for all

  • Fostering independence skills so that children take responsibility for their own learning

  • A stable, consistent school environment where children feel safe

  • All school staff are involved in school improvement – a drive and capacity to continually improve through school development planning and school self-evaluation

  • All staff are involved in the analysis of data so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school

  • We use research (such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit and research from The Education Endowment Fund) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective

  • All pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming


 What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is additional funding, from the government, provided to schools for supporting pupils from low income families to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable schools to ‘diminish the gap’ in attainment. In the 2022-2023 financial year, schools will receive £1,385 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools will receive £2,410 for each looked after pupil who meets specified criteria.

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium: 

  • Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) 

  • Looked after children 

  • Armed forces children

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
All our staff and governors are committed to meeting all our children’s pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.

If you think you will qualify for free school meals, hence Pupil Premium, please follow the link to the St Helens website to apply.


FSM CLAIM 3 (sthelens.gov.uk)


It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report to the Governors on: 

  • The progress made towards diminishing the gap, for socially disadvantaged pupils

  • An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting

  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness and impact of the provision in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision

Parents will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home and through reporting of assessment results at the end of each term of the academic year.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Prendegast or Mrs. Baxter in the office.  If you would like a private appointment, please contact Mrs. Sweeney directly on Jane.sweeney@sthelens.org.uk to arrange.


Pupil Premium Statement 2023-2024

Pupil Premium Statement 2022 - 2023 

Pupil Premium Statement 2021 - 2022 (with current evaluation Spring 2022)

Pupil Premium Statement 2020-2021

Pupil Premium 2018-2019 (With 2017-2018 Review)

Pupil Premium 2017-2018