Pupil Premium 2017-2018 - page 21

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The academy has enjoyed significant success in using the Pupil Premium to support disadvantaged pupils in the past few
years and was honoured to be recognised in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards, being cited as ‘one of the most improved
schools in the country in terms of the attainment and value-added progress of disadvantaged pupils since 2011.’ In
the school was recognised as being ‘one of the top 90 in England showing the greatest sustained
improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grade GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and
mathematics GCSEs
. Further to this, the academy was also recognised as being
‘one of the top 100 non-selective state
funded schools in England based on the key stage 2 to key stage 4 value added measure’.
In 2016, the academy continued to build upon these foundations of success and was
placed 9
out of all state schools
in England according to our Progress 8 score of 0.93. Over 55% of the Year 11 cohort were eligible for pupil premium.
We believe that it is good practice to focus on ensuring that every pupil receives a consistent diet of high quality teach-
ing rather than relying on interventions to compensate. The academy’s ‘STEPs’ Assessment Model ensures that there is
a systematic focus on clear pupil feedback and advice for improving their work and that any underperformance is
quickly identified and interventions are both dynamic and quickly put into place.
In addition to the Pupil Premium spending outlined below, the academy has invested a significant amount of money in
order to be able to provide all KS4 and KS5 pupils with an
‘extended’ timetable (30 hours of contact time as opposed
to 25 hours previously). The academy also provides KS4 and
KS5 pupils with additional opportunities for 1:1, small group
and whole group tuition both before school from 7:30 am
and after school until 18:00 each day. In addition to this,
Saturday school operates from 8:30am until 12:30pm each
Saturday and is attended by an average of 80 pupils each
week. The academy’s creative and rigorous approach to de-
ploying and assessing the impact of the pupil premium has
meant that since its introduction in 2011
, disadvantaged
pupils at the academy have frequently outperformed both their peers nationally and within the academy.
Taking into account the above, the academy’s wider key priorities for 2017-18 Pupil Premium spending are:
Improvement Focus
Purpose and impact
team salary
Attainment and
Attendance Team - Attendance of disadvantaged pupils is less
than their non-disadvantaged peers, both locally and nationally.
Contribution towards cost of maintaining a data driven, mobile
and well-resourced Attendance Team to drive improvements in
the attendance of PP pupils, which will subsequently impact
upon their progress and attainment.
Literacy and
Attainment and
English Learning Support – provision of specialist learning mentor
within English department to enable 1:1 and small group tuition
as well as to provide in-class support for targeted groups.
Librarian's salary x 1 FTE - Librarian given performance manage-
ment targets that include supporting literacy and language acqui-
sition and raising reading ages of disadvantaged pupils. Librarian
also responsible for the administration of the STAR accelerated
reading programme.
Behaviour and
Engagement Officers - Provision of pastoral support to improve
behaviour, establish more positive relationships between pupils
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