Pupil Premium Grant


The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged (DA) pupils of all abilities and to close the gap between them and their peers across the country.

Barriers to Learning

  1. Attendance – attendance below 95% has a negative impact on student progress. Persistent absence (below 90%) can seriously damage a student’s chance of future success. This is a significant barrier to learning for many disadvantaged students at the academy. 
  2. Literacy – a significant proportion of students join the academy with low literacy levels, especially reading comprehension, which prevents students from accessing the curriculum and becoming a successful adult. 
  3. Numeracy – a low level of numeracy on entry to the academy is also a significant barrier to learning for many of our disadvantaged students. 
  4. Welfare – a significant proportion of our students need a range of support to help them address issues (social, emotional, family issues), which prevent them from making good progress in school. 
  5. Aspirations – due to the selective nature of education in Kent, this and other factors such as lack of cultural capital means that many of our students join us with low self-esteem and lack the knowledge, experiences and ambition when making choices about their future as featured in the Academy Performance Agreement. 


  • All of our work through the Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed at accelerating progress moving all students to age and ability related expectations.
  • We aim to support students to break out of the ‘poverty trap’ by raising aspirations and broadening horizons.
  • We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our students. 
  • We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for disadvantaged students. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged students are assessed and addressed. 
  • Pupil Premium Funding will be linked to the academy’s priorities. 

Objectives and Impact

1. To improve literacy and numeracy

See below for the breakdown of the GCSE results and reading ages for literacy. 

2. To accelerate student progress across the curriculum

See below for the breakdown of the GCSE results. 

3. To improve attendance

Persistent Absence for PPG students:

2019-2020 (M3) PP: 183 pupils – 29.6%

2018-2019 PP: 201 pupils – 30.3%

An Attendance Welfare Officer was employed to deal with persistent absentees prior to Covid-19.

4. To provide information, advice and guidance and enhanced welfare support

The Attendance Welfare Officer and additional welfare support provided by the Leigh Academies Trust have worked closely alongside the Student Services Managers and Educational Psychologists to provide specialist provision for our DA pupils. This ensured that needs were addressed promptly. DA pupils were also given priority and had access to a careers advisor who provided independent advice and guidance on the range of opportunities available to them.

5. To support students at risk of exclusion

2019-2020 – There were 8 exclusion events for 7 DA pupils (prior to Covid-19).

2018-2019 – There were 19 exclusion events for 14 DA pupils*

2017-2018 – There were 32 exclusion events for 11 DA pupils.

*The number of exclusion events have decreased due to our strong pastoral care and the use of external providers (where needed) to provide specialist intervention and support. 

6. To ensure disadvantaged students have access to the full breadth of the curriculum

Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that enables all students, regardless of need, starting point or background to reach their full potential and have a successful career. Our curriculum model develops the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for further education and employment. To meet the demands of the new GCSE courses, the curriculum model offered in 2019-2020 ensured that more curriculum time was offered to teach the key concepts. To ensure DA pupils had access to the full breadth of the curriculum, they were given the same opportunities as their non-disadvantaged peers through the use of the Pupil Premium Grant. This subsidised payment towards trips and visits, enrichment activities and transportation.

Attendance Welfare Officer (AWO) 8,852.00
Careers 13,247.00
Christmas Dinner (top up)  483.44
Counselling 540.00
Ed Psych 16,140.00
Equipment for Looked After Children (LAC) 606.84
Subscriptions (Doodle, Maths Challenge, Mathsbox, Rosetta Stone, Accelerated Reader, Literacy Assessment, IBSCA, Renaissance STAR) 12,254.47
Supplies for Looked After Children (LAC)                                                 195.15
Travel contribution 160.00
Trips 1,683.50
Tuition (intervention) 8,385.00
Uniform 80.15
Welfare support 287,818.08
Total 350,445.63

Disadvantaged Cohort
Percentage of cohort 16%
KS2 Average Point Score (APS) 27.7 28.0
Progress 8 (provisional) -0.54 (-0.58 2019) 0.00
Attainment 8 38.05 (35.63 2019) 44.05
4-9 English and maths 47% (33% 2019) 65%
5-9 English and maths 22% (7% 2019) 39%
7-9 English and maths 3% (3% 2019) 4%
Progress 8 English (provisional) -0.55 (-0.42 2019) -0.01
Progress 8 maths (provisional) -0.44 (-0.58 2019) -0.04
PPG Other
Cohort Eligible No. % Cohort Eligible No. %
Year 8 Gained 1+ year but less than 2 years 37 6 16% 200 35 18%
Gained 2 years+ 2 5% 14 7%
Year 9 Gained 1+ year but less than 2 years 30 4 13% 207 35 16%
Gained 2 years+ 3 10% 15 7%
Year 10* Gained 1+ year but less than 2 years *Due to Covid-19 Years 10-11 students were unable to be tested.
Gained 2 years+
Year 11* Gained 1+ year but less than 2 years
Gained 2 years+

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Allocation for 2020-2021

The Governors agreed that the PPG should be allocated as follows:

  1. Blended Learning Strategy – DA students to have access to technology and have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make use of the technology effectively. 
  2. Literacy support – Accelerated Reader Programme, Rosetta Stone, Nessy, Fresh Start and bespoke reading and literacy interventions. 
  3. Numeracy interventions – Maths Mastery, catch up numeracy, Numeracy Ninjas and bespoke interventions and support.
  4. Improving access to mentoring, counselling, careers advice, attendance and welfare support.
  5. Providing targeted interventions during and outside of school hours, using external providers as appropriate.
  6. Providing targeted one to one tuition and small group to improve access to the whole curriculum.
  7. Enabling all students to access enrichment and enhancement opportunities.
  8. Raising aspirations post 16 and beyond.

Targets for disadvantaged students

  1. To close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils. DA pupils to attain within 10% compared with their non-disadvantaged peers. 
  2. Attendance at least national average for all students (95%).
  3. Students to achieve chronological reading and numeracy ages.
  4. Enhance cultural capital and aspirations through extra-curricular and motivational experiences.

16-19 Tuition Fund 2020-2021

This fund is designed to support small group tuition for Post 16 pupils in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted from the COVID-19 outbreak.  Wilmington Academy is eligible for a grant of £5,341.00. 

This fund will be allocated in order to close the attainment and knowledge gap for pupils who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, helping to secure positive destinations for all pupils.  Priority will be given to students who have been identified as disadvantaged or who meet the criteria for the 16-19 Bursary.