Allocation of Pupil Premium at Wilmington Academy 2015-16      pupil-premium

Barriers to learning

  1. Attendance – attendance below 95% can have a negative impact on student progress. Persistent absence (below 90%) can seriously damage a student’s chance of success.  This is a significant barrier to learning for many students at the academy.
  2. Literacy – a significant proportion of students join the academy with low literacy levels, especially reading comprehension, which can prevent students from accessing the curriculum and becoming a successful adult.
  3. Numeracy – low levels of numeracy on entry to the academy is also a significant barrier to learning for many of our 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 mean that many of our students join us with low self-esteem and lack the knowledge, experiences and ambition when making choices about their future.


  • All our work through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving all students to at least age related expectations with a particular focus placed on improving Literacy and Numeracy.
  • We aim to support our 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 of our students.
  • We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for students who belong to vulnerable groups.  This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged students are assessed and addressed.
  • Pupil Premium Funding will be linked to Academy priorities.

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Allocation for 2015-2016:

The Governors targeted the PPG to continue to improve for students from disadvantaged families, exemplified through:

a) Accelerated reader/Lexia/my maths/SAM learning/Rosetta Stone/Units of Sound/Fresh Start and other programmes for identified groups.

b) Numeracy interventions – Numeracy Ninjas

c) Providing targeted interventions during and outside of school hours, using external providers as appropriate.

d) Providing targeted one to one tuition to improve access to the whole curriculum.

e) Enabling all students to access enrichment and enhancement opportunities.

f) Raising aspirations post 16 and beyond.

GCSE progress and attainment (figures based on best entry)


Reading age gains  in years/months–  current cohorts


Reading age gains – PPG current cohorts




Breakdown of Allocation of Funding 2015-2016   £189,000 received