Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium strategy statement 2016-17


The Pupil Premium is a government funded strategy to help narrow the achievement and attainment gap between pupils who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to hardship or other issues and their peers.


The Academy received an annual grant for 2016/17 of £98,135, to be used to support the education of the following identified groups of students.

  • Students who are currently receiving free school meals.
  • Students who are not currently receiving free school meals but have done so in the last six years.
  • Students who are looked after children.
  • Students who have a parent in the armed forces.


Profile the Pupil Premium cohort


Distribution of Pupil Premium
Year Group Number of Pupils eligible for funding
7 20
8 21
9 24
10 23
11 22
Total 110



Current attainment: 2016 (2015 where available)

PP Nat (non disadvantaged)
% English and Maths / Basics 31% (23%) 70%
Progress 8 -0.59 0.12



  PP All
2015/16 (2014/2015) 91.8 (91.5) 94.8 (94.3)


Barriers to attainment


In-school barriers Actions
1 Achievement in Maths and English Basics priority in SIP and year 11 Crucial Crew.
2 Gaps in Ebacc and Open bucket progress: overall P8 Evaluate BTEC programmes of study and tailor units to students’ strengths
3 Improved IAG to support aspirational progression routes All students have access to high quality IAG


External barriers Actions
1 Attendance of PP Girls  Monitor attendance of groups more rigorously and revise attendance policy to enact actions more swiftly.
2 Support outside school for home learning and positive progression routes  Achievement for all parent mentoring programme to be started again in September to build positive home relationships and support buying effective resources.

Rationale of spending

The pupil premium funding is concentrated in maths and English to help improve outcomes for all disadvantaged students in these areas. Secondly, the support of HLTA's can focus specifically on working with these students when they most need help in lessons. We also fund resources that may prevent a barrier to the full enjoyment of school life, or in absence could lead these students to feel even more vulnerable in school. Targeted resources have also been bought to support independent study, when these might not have been ordinarily bought at home.

Expenditure 2016/17

Strategy to remove barriers Total Allocated Desired outcome Evaluation of impact to date
Lexia £2060 High levels of progress in English for KS3 English students. Students screened to identify potential issues in literacy
Lucid £540 High levels of progress in English for KS3 English students.
Accelerated Reader £1198 PP LPA students have improved reading ages. A reading culture is more widely established in the school. School has seen reading ages increase and a positive culture to reading and especially reading aloud
Trips and visits £2500 Pupil Premium students have support with the cost of educational trips and visits to ensure they have access to the curriculum on an equal footing Impact on self-esteem and confidence, students are accessing vital life skill opportunities they would not normally have the opportunity to do.
Extra Revision sessions £1250 Improved P8 score. The gap is narrowed in English and Maths


Resources for GCSE options £1700 All students are fully prepared for courses and exams to access the curriculum on an equal footing. All students issued with revision guides
HLTA Core subjects £15000 Targeted HLTA support for students to access the curriculum in Core subjects to promote, support and facilitate inclusion
Independent advice and guidance £5787 All PP students to receive IAG from external provider


Pastoral support-

specialist Pastoral TA’s


£10,000 ·      Pass data shows improvement in self-esteem and more positive attitudes to school demonstrated in improved attendance data for PP students.

·      Improved attendance of disadvantaged students at parents’ events.

·      Pastoral interventions for social and emotional to permeate into lessons

Pass survey completed twice a year. Second survey due in June 2017


Attendance at review days analysed and work needed with year 10 and year 8 parents and students

Support with school uniform £500 Students feel valued members of the school and self-esteem is maintained.
Rewards £2000 To encourage a culture of praise and reward for achieving high quality work Rewards out strip sanctions by about 8:1
Breakfast Club £2000 To ensure that all children have received breakfast.  All students invited for breakfast prior to public examinations.
English tutor £125 per day

1 day per week from September 2016 to April 2017

Improved Progress in English GCSE. Gap is narrowing in most recent assessment data for year 11


Impact seen in raw score for HPA and MPA students from mock 1 to mock 2

Maths Watch £500 Improved progress and outcomes in Maths.

The ability to identify areas of strength and areas that need developing. Students to be able to use RAG sheets from Maths to target their need.  (April 2017)

Review in September 2017

If you are not sure if your child is eligible for free school meals, please see the criteria listed below:

Free School Meals Entitlement

In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  •  Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit provided they are not also entitled to working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). (Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit Run on – the payment someone receives for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit – their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.)


Your child does not have to accept the free school meal but the school will receive additional funds to help him/her, if you are registered as being eligible.


If you would like any further information regarding the Pupil Premium, please contact

Mr. Shayne Toy

Deputy Principal



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