At our school, we have the very highest expectations of, and aspirations for, all our children. Our Governing Body share our belief that every pupil should have equal opportunities to achieve the best possible life chances, and where no child gets left behind. We share the drive to ensure that every pupil is given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Thorpe’s Vision: To provide a school where everyone will achieve academic and individual excellence, inspired by faith and love. We will provide a dynamic, exciting education for all, taught by confident, creative teachers, who understand each child in their class. Our children will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to live fulfilling lives.
We make every effort to ensure that disadvantaged children receive outstanding support and believe that our core business is to ensure all of our children make outstanding progress as a result of outstanding teaching. The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional Pupil Premium Funding to all schools based on the number of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and the number of children who are looked‐after (CLA). Funding is provided for the following two policies:
- raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential;
- supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of children the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
We work hard to ensure that all funding is used appropriately and recognise that we must be accountable for the decisions we make. We also know that Ofsted consider the active involvement of governors as one of the characteristics of schools that are successfully using their Pupil Premium funding to improve achievement and that successful schools; “ ..thoroughly involve governors in the decision‐making and evaluation process”.
At Thorpe, through regular, effective and rigorous planning, monitoring and controls, governors ensure the efficient management of Pupil Premium funding and this leads to the effective deployment of staff and resources to the benefit of all groups of children.
Please see below for our latest Pupil Premium Strategy.