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Great Wyrley Academy

Great Wyrley Academy

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding allocated to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers in relation to attainment and progress.

The objective of our spending of Pupil Premium funding is to improve the attainment and progress of students eligible for the pupil premium, relative to those students that are not eligible (both in-school and nationally). We have used research compiled by the ‘Education Endowment Foundation’ to best steer our approach and budget allocation (the best results come from promoting metacognition, improving feedback and utilising pastoral interventions).

No student, regardless of their socio-economic background, should be denied the right to maximise their potential. We aim to use the pupil premium funding to remove barriers- to raise the aspirations and achievement of, and the opportunities for disadvantaged students. Some of the barriers that we endeavour to overcome include low prior attainment, access to books and reading material, access to computers and the Internet, key resources (e.g. calculators), funding for trips.


The aim of the Pupil Premium is to identify and implement strategies in order to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally.

To ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant is targeted at the students it is intended for, the school produces an annual plan to spend the budget with a clear aim to significantly improve the achievement and life chances of disadvantaged students attending Great Wyrley Academy by narrowing the gap in achievement between them and their peers in school and nationally. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing educational support which raises the achievement of these students so that it is in line with their in-school peers and national expectations.
  • Providing emotional and social support where appropriate.
  • Addressing any inequalities in opportunity faced by these students.

Review of the impact of spending in the academic year 2017/18 (as Great Wyrley High School):

Funding of £282,640 was received.

This was used to support:

  • Additional staffing and other resources across a range of subject areas to enhance coaching for Pupil Premium students.
  • Additional pastoral intervention (including mentoring) to reduce exclusions and increase attendance.
  • Support for targeted students with regard to curriculum resources and the provision of curriculum enrichment.
  • Additional literacy and numeracy intervention
  • Careers advice and other opportunities designed to raise the aspirations and the cultural capital of Pupil Premium students.

The impact of this support was:

  • 31.3% of Year 11 Disadvantaged students gained 9 – 4 Basics measure.
  • 0.2% increase of 9 – 4 grades in English and Maths.
  • The Attainment 8 score for Disadvantaged students was 2.98
  • The Progress 8 score for Disadvantaged students was -0.81 (was -1.05 on 2016/17).
  • Attendance of Disadvantaged students decreased to 87.5% in 2017/18.

Pupil Premium 2018/19 income and spending plans:

For the academic year 2018/19, 280 students are registered as ‘Pupil Premium’.

This will create estimated funding for the school of £261,800

This money will be allocated to provide:

  • Additional teaching staff, lessons and groups in the core subject area of Maths.
  • Additional pastoral intervention to reduce exclusions and increase attendance.
  • Provision of specific careers interviews and advice.
  • Support for targeted students with regard to curriculum resources and the provision of curriculum enrichment.
  • Access to ‘Excellence Academy’ for HPA disadvantaged students.
  • Access to ‘The Pledge’ for all Year 7 disadvantaged students
  • Additional literacy coaching.

Where possible, the impact of the spending of the pupil premium fund will be measured against national data. In addition, internal data will help the monitoring of progress and attainment of students alongside pastoral monitoring.

The review of spending will take place in April 2019. An annual plan and impact report will be produced each September.