Pupil Premium


At Harpenden Academy, we believe that all our children have an equal entitlement, and should have an equal opportunity to:

  • Develop imagination and creativity
  • Acquire skills and abilities
  • Have a love of learning
  • Take part in extra curricular activities

The school receives funding from the Government to support it in trying to meet this aspiration. This is known as the Pupil Premium. Pupil premium is additional funding, from the government, provided to schools for supporting more pupils from low income families to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children.

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium:

  • Children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • Looked after children
  • Armed forces children

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils for whom they are responsible. The Pupil Premium is a funding allocation to schools providing additional support for children who are eligible for Free School Meals, are Looked After Children or from Service Families. Funding for these children will be received during the academic year 2015/16. The funds allocated to a school are based on the number of pupils in the school who have applied for Free School Meals (FSM), and is valuable funding to support those most in need. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. At Harpenden Academy, a very small proportion of children are eligible for pupil premium.

Harpenden Academy considers carefully how its funding allocation is spent to ensure that those pupils eligible for the premium are supported the most effectively in their education.

For instance, the additional funding contributes towards:

  • the provision of free school meals
  • access to free instrumental tuition and other specialist teaching
  • helping with the cost of extra-curricular lessons or/and school trips
  • nurture groups
  • 1:1 provision

In addition to the above, Harpenden Academy gives priority to Pupil Premium applicants living in the local area under its over-subscription criteria for admissions to the school. More information is available on the admissions page of this website and in our admissions policy. Harpenden Academy also provides additional educational support to a number of children. This is achieved through the SENCO and other members of her team. A nurture group has also been recently established which has had an improved effect on the learning of the children

All our staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.


  • We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils;
  • We seek to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed;
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged;
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being in need of intervention and support;
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.


It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to report to the Governors on:

  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, for socially disadvantaged pupils;
  • an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting;
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness and impact of the provision in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision.
  • Parents will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home on individual education plans and through reporting of assessment results at the end of the academic year.
  • The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education and will appear on our school website
Identified Need Actions taken


Small group interventions

To provide focused additional assistance in key areas requiring support:

Nurture group: Sunbeams - provide emotional, social and pastoral support for key children.  Run weekly by our SENCO.

Social skills group: Sunflowers - provide guidance to the development of pupils’ communication and social skills.  Run weekly by our SENCO.

SENCO additional assistance in key areas requiring support.

Assistant Teacher to SENCO recruited to offer additional assistance in key areas requiring support.

Provision of Assistant Teacher Assistant teachers spend weekly 1:1 class time with children requiring additional support.
Helping with the cost of extra-curricular lessons or/and school trips  To enhance the curriculum, ensuring children are able to participate and to give the children the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities

The school evaluates and reviews the impact of this support at the end of each term, evaluating academic progress as well as how self-confidence develops as a consequence of the interventions provided.

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Harpenden Academy

Vaughan Rd




01582 716910

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