What is the Pupil Premium? 

The pupil premium grant is an allocation of funding provided to schools by the Government to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement by improving their progress. The amount received is dependent on the number of children:

  • Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£1,345 per primary aged child)
  • Who have been continuously looked after for the past six months (£2300 per child)
  • Who are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (£2,345)
  • For children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or whose parent /guardian is in receipt of a pension from the MoD (£310 per child)

The Early Years Pupil Premium, introduced in April 2015, is additional funding for 3- and 4-year-olds who are receiving any number of hours of state-funded early education and:

  • Meet the benefit-related criteria for free school meals; or
  • Are currently looked after by a local authority in England or Wales; or
  • Have left care in England and Wales through adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order, or a residence order

This funding is allocated directly to Early Years providers.

Why is there a Pupil Premium? 

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • Generally, face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • Often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

It is vital that the application form is completed to allow additional funding to be released to the school, parents can check to see if they are eligible by checking on the Devon County Council website: New starter pupil premium - Education and Families (devon.gov.uk)

Additional Information:

The Department of Education: Pupil premium: conditions of grant 2020 to 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The Education Endowment Foundation: Using pupil premium | EEF (educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk)

The Education Endowment Foundation: Teaching and Learning Toolkit | EEF (educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk)


As the Cornerstone Academy Trust we operate with one school four campus's, here is our strategy:


Trust Overview - Funding Overview - Part A: Statement of Intent - Challenges - Intended Outcomes - Activity in this Academic Year (Teaching) - Targeted Academic Support - Wider Strategies - Part B: Outcomes 

Pupil premium strategy statement 

This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2022 to 2023 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.

It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our schools.

Trust Overview 



Trust Name

Cornerstone Academy Trust


Broadclyst Community Primary School

Monkerton Community Primary School

Westclyst Community Primary School

Yeo Valley Primary School

Number of pupils in schools

1211 (R - Y6)

Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils

220 (18%) (2022/23)

Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers (3-year plans are recommended)


3 Years

2022/23, 2023/24, 2024/25

Date this statement was published

Jan 2023

Date on which it will be reviewed

Jan 2024

Statement authorised by

Jonathan Bishop 

Pupil Premium lead

Jonathan Bishop

Governor / Trustee Lead

Ken Dyson


Funding Overview



Pupil premium funding allocation this academic year

Made up of:

Broadclyst Primary School £52,060

Monkerton Primary School £3,088

Westclyst Primary School £80,892

Yeo Valley Primary School £128,020


Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year

Made up of:

Broadclyst Primary School £4,785

Monkerton Primary School £2,000

Westclyst Primary School £5,075

Yeo Valley Primary School £12,615


Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years (enter £0 if not applicable)


Total budget for this academic year



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