Melbourn Primary School

Making Learning Irresistible

Pupil Premium

At Melbourn Primary School we strive to provide an environment where all children and all school members can be happy, healthy and safe and achieve their full social and intellectual potential. We do this by:

  • Providing a caring and supportive environment
  • Creating stimulating and exciting opportunities for learning
  • Developing positive relationships based on respect of self and others
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers.


At Melbourn Primary we strive to meet the needs of children and families whose circumstances may make them vulnerable and to minimise gaps in the progress children are making. The school works very effectively in partnership with the parents and carers of potentially vulnerable children to help to break down barriers to learning and progress children occasionally encounter.  The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and was designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the children who need it most.  The premium is available for children eligible for free school meals, those who have had free school meals at any point in the last six years, looked after children and children of parents in the Services. Schools are free to spend the extra funding as they see fit but the government requires schools to publish information about how they use it.


The total amount allocated to Melbourn Primary School in the academic year 2021-22 is £86,390.

“The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who most need it.” DfE website

We aim to work effectively with every child; we support them where necessary to overcome academic or emotional barriers that could prevent optimum learning.  We want to enable all children to participate in the full range of activities offered within and beyond the school to ensure they have the very best learning experience and make outstanding progress. We believe that the first step in achieving this is through the provision of high quality first teaching and then if appropriate the provision of proven interventions which are planned, measured and monitored by the SENDco.


Barriers to Educational Achievement faced by our Pupil Premium Children


The barriers our children experience include:


  • Speech and Language
  • Exposure to a broad vocabulary
  • Access to first-hand experiences
  • Working below the baseline for EYFS
  • Attendance
  • Social and emotional needs


How we will spend and our Pupil Premium to overcome these Barriers and how we review the impact of this spending

Please see the pupil premium strategy to see the yearly plan we have for spending our pupil premium allocation.  

Please see our pupil premium review to see the impact this has had.

71% of our Pupil Premium children are considered as having 'Multiple Needs'. This means that along with being Pupil Premium they may also have attendance concerns, SEND or safeguarding concerns. We believe it is important to develop the whole child and dedicate a portion of our funding to supporting the social and emotional needs of our pupils along with their academic progress. We provide '1:1 Mentoring' (for academic progress), nurture groups, individualised learning plans (Assess, Plan, Do, Reviews), Boxall Profiling, behaviour monitoring and a Family Support Worker as part of our Pupil Premium Package. If you would like to learn more about this, please contact the office and we will be able to make case studies available for you.

Please find below a link to the free school meal online application form:

If you have any questions, please contact our family support worker.

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-2021

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018