Pupil Premium Information

Background Information

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and is an amount of money (currently £1320 per eligible pupil) allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.  Schools also receive funding for pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and pupils of service personnel.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.  However, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding at Vauxhall

At Vauxhall Primary School, we use the Pupil Premium to support individuals and groups of pupils who fall into the categories outlined above.  The school also uses the Pupil Premium to support other individuals and groups of children who the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.  This is done through a needs analysis and referral system.  The academic progress of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium is carefully monitored using an internal tracking system which informs decision making regarding appropriate interventions.  Wider school experience such as attendance at clubs and opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities is also carefully monitored to ensure pupils at a social disadvantage have a rich and varied school experience. 

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020

How the Pupil Premium allocation was spent in 2019-2020

In 2109/2020 the allocation for Pupil Premium was £156,020.

The Pupil Premium allocation was distributed in a variety of ways so as to support disadvantaged pupils and those with issues related to their mental health and well-being.

Please CLICK HERE for the full report.

Family Support and Pastoral Care 

The Senior Leadership team work closely, and collaborate with external agencies, to signpost and refer families with issues related to:

Financial Support; Housing; Mental Health; Domestic Violence ; Substance Abuse; Respite; Parenting; Attendance; Social Isolation. 

Where the needs of the family are more complex, they are referred to Early Help, the first point of call for Social Care.

The Headteacher is very much involved with matters related to Safeguarding and Social Care, attending Case Conferences and Core Group Meetings.

The school team offer substantial support every year for parents with regards to transition to and from Primary school:

  • e-Admissions - online EYFS applications
  • e-Admissions - online Y6 Secondary transfer applications;
  • In–year applications.

Child-based support and intervention - Enrichment activities

The pupils have the opportunity to participate in many creative activities and trips throughout the year, benefiting all children in the school.  Due to COVID-19, trips were suspended in March 2020.    

The school enjoys a rich variety of music tuition, which usually leads to strong outcomes in ABRSM and Trinity formal certification.  The offer includes: Piano, violin, drumming, and steel pans.  Keyboards are also available on loan to pupils to allow them to consolidate new piano skills at home.  Due to COVID-19, music exams were not taken this year.

Breakfast Club and After-school clubs

We provide, in partnership with Greggs, a free daily breakfast club for all pupils. The school staff ensure that pupils eat well and enjoy a positive and healthy start to the day, as part of our healthy schools programme.  Due to COVID-19 Breakfast Club was suspended in March 2020.

Vauxhall pupils enjoy a rich and varied range of subsidised after-school clubs, which run daily during term time. Clubs include: Lego, Gardening, Cooking, Drama, ICT, Netball, Hall Games, Taekwondo, Football, Girls’ Football, Homework, Coding, Steel Pans, Multi-skills, Basketball, Gymnastics and Art.  All after school clubs were suspended in March 2020, in line with government guidance due to COVID-19.

Pupils are trained in Taekwondo, the benefits of which include enhanced self-esteem by heightening pupils’ physical skills and mental awareness.  Through their training, pupils develop and build their confidence and are encouraged to succeed and to take control of their life.  They also develop discipline through physical and mental training in the tenets and techniques of Taekwondo.  Due to COVID-19, Taekwondo gradings were not taken this year.

Additionally, an Early Bird Booster Club is run for Year 6 pupils from Autumn Term 2 to Summer Term 1 in preparation for SATS (74% PP).

Funded places 

For families in financial need we provide support with assistance with school trips and uniform, including pupils on the Safeguarding register and Looked After children.

Each year we subsidise various residential trips for a number of pupils, using funding secured from the Walcott Foundation, as several pupils in Year 5 (who attended Wick Court Farm - Farms for City Children) and Year 6 (who attended a PGL 4 day residential trip) would not have had the experience otherwise.  The residential trips planned for 2019-2020 were cancelled due to COVID-19.

We also subsidise places for after-school clubs for Pupil Premium pupils.


60.8% of pupils in the school have English as an Additional Language (EAL), and pupils in the EYFS have exceptionally low starting points on entry to the school. Consequently, phonics has a very high profile at Vauxhall. The school invests significant amounts of money into this area to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to access learning as they progress through the school. The impact of this strategy is clear from the outcomes that the pupils achieve in the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1. Vauxhall pupils performance in Phonics is broadly in line with the National average.


Vauxhall invests in additional staff across the school to facilitate the delivery of interventions to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils.  We have small daily intervention groups from EYFS to Year 6 to ensure that children who may have barriers to learning are able to progress alongside their less disadvantaged peers.

Vauxhall has a Headteacher and 3 Assistant Headteachers, as well as Higher Level Teaching Assistants.  This has the advantage of ensuring that teaching can be maintained in the event of illness or when teachers are out of school on training. This reduces the need for external supply teachers, which benefits all pupils, ensures continuity and impacts positively on pupils’ emotional well-being as well as their academic achievements.

Peer Mediation

We have a very healthy Peer Mediation training system which benefits the whole school but in particular skills up Y5 and Y6 in preparation for the wider world. Students have 1 hour of training each week by an HLTA and a TA, who liaise with Healthy Minds Organisation.


Vauxhall runs an excellent library facility where all classes are timetabled to visit in the afternoons.

 Impact of the Pupil premium Grant.

The following data is taken from the Lambeth School Profile November 2020

KS2 progress of disadvantaged pupils

    • 92% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved expected standing in writing.
    • 62% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the higher standard in writing.


    • 92%% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved expected standard in Reading.
    • 38% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the higher standard in Reading.


    • 100% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved expected standard in Mathematics.
    • 62% of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the higher standard in Mathematics.

KS2 progress of pupils with special educational needs

  • Writing progress for SEN support middle prior attainers was significantly above the national average for all pupils over the last three years.

KS2 attainment

  • In 2020, reading, writing and mathematics combined attainment of the expected standard (92%) was significantly above national for all groups: middle, high prior attainment and disadvantaged.

External Validation

Ofsted judged Vauxhall to be outstanding in November 2018.

"The leadership team has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The great majority of pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, make strong progress in reading, writing and mathematics. As a result, more pupils achieve standards at, or above, those expected for their age. Unvalidated results for 2018 show that the standards attained by Year 6 pupils were much higher than in the previous year, including for disadvantaged pupils."

Tim McLoughlin - Ofsted Inspector


Since September 2019 we have been awarded or retained the following:

  • The Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence
  • The Healthy Schools Gold Award
  • UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award – Gold
  • London Children’s Flower Society Gold Medal
  • School Games Award – Gold
  • Stars Award Silver


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