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Pupil premium

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

Pupil premium grant proposed spending 2016 2017

Pupil Premium impact statement for 2015/2016

Pupil Premium spending and impacts on pupils: Below are examples of how Pupil premium money has been spent at Holy Spirit and how this is helping our children. 

Our new uniform has been subsidised by Pupil Premium grant

Our new uniform has been subsidised by Pupil Premium grant  1

Free Breakfast Club at Holy Spirit: 

 

We are very proud of how we help our families at Holy Spirit. One of our main equality principles is to fight deprivation and to ensure that no child goes hungry. By offering, a free breakfast club, a mum with two children can leave for work or college from 7.40 am and save £10 per week or £40 per month - this money can then be used at home to support the children. Having this facility makes it much easier for parents to work and therefore support their families. 

 

By offering this facility, children can get into school early and be ready and organised for the day ahead. Children with some attendance and punctuality difficulties are signposted to using the breakfast club - this really helps them get into school where they can learn and make progress. 

 

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We have Mr Metcalf's sports club at Breakfast club too!

We have Mr Metcalf's sports club at Breakfast club too!  1

A quality library to support a love of learning:

 

We have used some of our pupil premium money to develop an outstanding library facility. Last year, we partitioned the space and put in a new wall and ICt facilities to make an enclosed library space away from the dinner hatch. We have used our links with Tony at Beyond Books to arrange lots of author visits - BB Taylor and Joe Delaney being a couple of recent examples. The children run the library - our Junior librarians help our youngest pupils read - our special boy librarians act as role models for the younger boys to pick up a book! 

The children are really pleased to have a library to be proud of.

The children are really pleased to have a library to be proud of. 1
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The children are really pleased to have a library to be proud of. 3

UK Military School

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UK military school: Some of our Pupil premium grant has been used to bring UKMS to Holy Spirit 

 

They have had a huge impact in improving both the physical and mental fitness of our pupils. Examples of personal learning skills which they provide are:

(1) Independence (2) team building and team work (3) Listening and following instructions (4) problem solving (5) resilience (6) problem solving 

 

The UKMS have enjoyed passing out parades with year 5 and year 6 pupils. 

Improving our learning environment in early years 

 

There was a huge need to improve Holy Spirit's learning environment 2 years ago - especially in our early years which had become quite run down. 

 

Holy Spirit worked hard to receive funding from the Archdiocese and used some pupil premium money to ensure change. It is essential that the youngest children have the very best start and a quality learning space is central to this. 

 

Take a look at these interesting google pictures showing how the school looked 2 to 3 years ago - I am sure you will agree there has been dramatic change - and change for the better!

 

 

Improvements to learning environment using pupil premium:

 

You will be amazed by these photographs showing how much the environment has changed over the last 2 years. 

Ensuring our youngest children have a fantastic learning environment: 

 

2 years ago the learning environment for our early years was not so good. Now its fabulous! We have a great new nursery outdoor space which ensures that nursery links properly to reception class and its outdoor space. We have devised zones and have a new trim trail, a sand pit, sensory area, construction area, mark making area and not forgetting our role play Holy Spirit shopping village! We have a terrific new canopy at the back of the nursery and a super new sports pitch at the front as well as a pergola to act as an outdoor class room. Look at these pictures to see how good our environment now is! 

We are proud of our nursery and reception outdoor spaces - we think they are now the pride of Netherton!

We are proud of our nursery and reception outdoor spaces - we think they are now the pride of Netherton! 1
We are proud of our nursery and reception outdoor spaces - we think they are now the pride of Netherton! 2
We are proud of our nursery and reception outdoor spaces - we think they are now the pride of Netherton! 3
We are proud of our nursery and reception outdoor spaces - we think they are now the pride of Netherton! 4
We are proud of our nursery and reception outdoor spaces - we think they are now the pride of Netherton! 5

Baby & Toddler Stay and Play (Tuesdays) and Music and Reading Rhyme time (Thursdays) 

 

We have a highly skilled teaching assistant, Mrs Sherwood who has a crucial role linking Holy Spirit with the local community. By offering Baby & Toddler club for free, Holy Spirit is doing some of the work previously available at the Children's centres. The sessions allow mums the opportunity to have shared quality learning time with their child and also meet and share the experiences of similar parents of young children. 

 

Our new session of Music, Reading and Rhyme Time allows babies, todddlers and children of pre school age a chance to share a story and a song with their parents - learning as they go. 

 

 

Baby & Toddler group - Holy Spirit babies having fun!

Baby & Toddler group - Holy Spirit babies having fun! 1

Come along to Music Reading and Rhyme time!

Come along to Music Reading and Rhyme time!  1
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