Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

Merton Bank Primary School, Roper Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ


Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Pupil Premium funding includes pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit in order to support identified children, however, we will be held accountable for how we use the funding to support those children from low-income families.

Pupil Premium Strategy statement 2021-2024 with review of 2022-2023 spend

At Merton Bank Primary School, we ensure that Pupil Premium funding is used effectively to support disadvantaged students, emphasising the importance of evidence-informed decisions and adapting to the unique needs of our school’s community. We use the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) model which consists of 3 areas:

 1. Developing high quality teaching: this is a top priority for Pupil Premium spending.  It includes professional development to ensure that every teacher is supported to keep improving.

2. Targeted academic support:
We identify the challenges that our disadvantaged pupils face by using a wide range of internal data and information to diagnose the need.

3. Wider strategies:
 These wider strategies enable us to identify non-academic barriers to outcomes such as attendance and behaviour, and then direct the best support we can. 

The document below shows how we have used pupil premium funding, within a 3 tiered approach, for the academic year 2023/2024.