Pupil Premium

Statutory Information

The documents below are those required by the DfE to be published on the website.


The strategy will focus on three aspects:

  1. Achievement
  2. Aspiration
  3. Attendance

Barriers to future attainment (for all pupils particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds)
1. Achievement
Pupils who are eligible for PP are making less progress than other pupils, including Males, HAPs and SEN pupils:
  • Lower literacy skills on entry than other pupils
  • Lack of high quality teaching including feedback, tracking and assessment
  • HAPs are not challenged and stretched
  • Boys underperforming compared to girls
  • Subject areas do not have an explicit focus on progress of PP pupils
  • Heads of year do not have a holistic approach to underachievement across the curriculum
  • Lack of opportunity to catch up with peers
2 Aspiration
Pupils who are eligible for PP are less engaged in school and enrichment and do not have the meta cognitive strategies to develop independent learning:
  • Lower rates of attendance to after school intervention and enrichment activities
  • Lower parental engagement in school based activities including attendance to Open evenings, Achievement evenings and 1:1 meetings
  • Lack of opportunities and resources available to actively engage parents with supporting their children’s learning
  • PP pupils complete less homework than other pupils
  • PP pupils are less likely to have the skills to ‘learn to learn’
  • PP pupils are less likely to want to pursue further education
  • Lack of opportunities and resources to actively engage pupils and parents
3 Attendance
Pupils who are eligible for PP have lower rates of attendance than other pupils
  • Attendance of PP pupils was below that of non PP
  • PP pupils more likely to be permanently excluded or excluded for a fixed term than their peers


How much Pupil Premium funding does Newark Academy get?

For 2018-19 Newark Academy was allocated £143 420 based on 26% registered for Ever 6, Free school meals, Looked after Children and Service Children.

Please contact the college team for more information on bursary support that can be offered to college students.

How is the money spent?

Our school has the freedom to spend the Premium in a way we think will best support the raising of attainment for our most vulnerable pupils. All our interventions are based on educational research taken from the Education Endowment Foundation.

We make sure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our students, regardless of social background of specific educational need. We recognise that many of our students do not require any special intervention, but may also benefit from extra support at specific times during their education.

At the moment some of the interventions throughout key stages 3 and 4 that are supported by Pupil Premium funding are:

  • Free revision resources
  • Transport support to attend enrichment
  • Academic in school support for Maths and English
  • Mentoring support
  • Personalised timetables
  • Reduced class sizes
  • Holiday school support
  • Study support
  • In class learning mentors
  • Bespoke Literacy programmes to increase reading ages

For full details of our funded interventions, please download the documents below:

How we have spent our PP funding in 2017/18 (Link)

Planned expenditure 2018/19 (link)

Click here to see if you are eligible for Pupil Premium funding http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-meals/free-school-meals-and-milk

The pupil premium strategy will be reviewed in September 2019

How will parents know it is working?

In the academic year 2017-18, 200 students were eligible for Pupil Premium funding including 32 year 11 students. For the year 11 students the Premium funding was spent predominantly on extra English, Maths and Science support, alongside additional afterschool interventions throughout the year. This resulted in 45% of our students achieving grade 4 in English and grade 4 in Maths. Both of these figures are significantly above national averages. Our P8 score of -0.58 for Pupil Premium students is again above national average.

Student who enter Newark Academy with a below average reading score are given intense tailored literacy intervention.

We track pupil progress every term and so we can quickly see if plans are working. Parents Evenings and Tutor Review Days are also opportunities to discuss your child’s progress but if you would like further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s tutor, Head of Year or Mrs Z Jones – our Pupil Premium SLT Link.

April 2021


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