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Finance and Funding

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium funding was launched by the Government in April 2011 in order to raise the attainment of pupils that may be vulnerable to underachievement, and close the gap between them and their peers.  The funding is now allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and for those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. 

The money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

As a school, we decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated and we are accountable for the use of the funds.  We have a responsibility to report on the progress of children receiving Pupil Premium and demonstrate how we are using the grant to have a positive impact. 


At Cliffe Woods Primary School, it is our aim to ensure that all children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the at least the same  progress as their peers.


At Cliffe Woods, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.

We arrange appropriate provisions for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be socially disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met. This includes additional one-to-one or small group work to support their classwork.

We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive or have received, free school meals, or who are in care. It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive pupil premium interventions at any one time.


At Cliffe Woods Primary School we evaluate the effectiveness of any interventions and additional support funded by the Pupil Premium Grant.  We are held accountable for this through:

  • performance tables showing the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers;
  • the reports for parents that schools publish online.
  • The Pupil Premium Strategy for the current year is available for download via the links at the bottom of this page.


Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (2023-2026)
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (2022-2023)
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (2021-2022)

Sports Premium Funding

The Government has provided substantial funding to promote and develop primary school sports. It is jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and goes directly to primary schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children in both the short term and long term.

Following feedback from parent and pupil surveys, we have appointed a Sports Coach to lead additional extra-curricular sports clubs, as part of our Sports Premium offer.


Sports Premium funding is also used to support swimming. At Cliffe Woods, we visit Hoo swimming pool in Years 4 and 5, to complete our National Curriculum requirements for Swimming and Water Safety. Please see our results below:


hoo swimming pool where cliffe woods primary school go swimming
Sports Premium Strategy Statement (2023-2024)
Swimming Outcomes Statement (2022-2023)
Sports Premium Strategy and Evidence (2022-2023)


Click here to go to the Aletheia Trust Finance page where you will find:

  • Executive Pay
  • Financial Statement
  • Gender Pay Gap Report