Holbrook Primary School, Trowbridge

Inspiring, Nurturing, Challenging every learner to achieve their full potential


Pupil Premium

At Holbrook we passionately believe that all children have the right to realise their potential. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our pupils and are determined to overcome barriers to enhance access. We aim to use the Pupil Premium funding to have maximum impact on pupils’ wellbeing, progress and attainment. We seek opportunities to collaborate with outside agencies and explore innovative approaches. We work closely with the Virtual School to ensure best practice for all pupils including those who receive Pupil Premium + funding.


Holbrook has a Pupil Premium working party which includes the Deputy Head Teacher, the SENCO / Inclusion Manager, the Pastoral Manager, the School Business Manager and the Vice Chair of Governors. The working party meet regularly to review our guiding principles, discuss best practice and reflect on the impact of initiatives.


As a school we believe that Pupil Premium funding should be spent to benefit all pupils wherever possible and many of our initiatives are planned to support this aim. However, we acknowledge that the individual needs of children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium + funding need to be considered differently. This additional funding (£980 per pupil, per year) is ring fenced and is allocated on a case by case basis in discussion with Parents / Carers.


Guiding Principles

Pupil Premium spending has been planned strategically to have maximum impact on pupil progress and attainment.

  • To ensure that spending is directly linked to raising attainment and rates of progress and closing gaps where they exist.
  • To increase rates of attendance with particular focus on persistent absentees. 
  • To promote and invest in high quality support for Holbrook families in all aspects of life
  • To make use of school data to target spending and intervention to maximise pupil progress and attainment
  • To invest in quality first teaching for all pupils
  • To regularly read and review research to evaluate our practice and refine our procedures
  • To ensure all pupils have equal access, opportunities and status and are included in all aspects of school life.
  • To invest in high quality CPD for all levels of staff to facilitate high quality provision for pupils.
  • To enhance provision for all Holbrook pupils
  • To ensure that highly skilled staff are deployed effectively to remove barriers to learning.
  • To ensure that the individual needs of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium + funding are considered through meetings with Parents / Carers


Pupil Premium + spending guidelines:

  • Individual needs are considered through discussion with Parents / Carers
  • Funded activities must be approved and monitored by the school
  • Therapeutic activities must be approved by the school and provided by a registered practitioner
  • The Pupil Premium Working Party will meet to discuss specific requests for funding


We are currently facing additional challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite many school measures to support parents including a high quality remote learning offer, gifting / loaning devices, supporting families in receipt of free school meals, and many other supportive measures we have seen gaps open up for many of our children. Children who qualify for pupil premium funding have been affected by periods of partial school closure; especially in years 3 and 4. Many other vulnerable children have also been impacted by the events of the past 18 months. The recovery premium will be utilised to best support these children and ensure that gaps start to narrow rapidly. In addition to this we will commence school based tutoring to provide additional, tailored support to children who need it. 


The intent, implementation and impact of pupil premium funding was monitored by Ofsted during the latest inspection (March 2020). The allocation and impact of Pupil Premium funding is scrutinised annually by the local authority and throughout the academic year the FGB undertake scrutiny of pupil premium budget and expenditure alongside pupil progress and attainment data.

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