ALLOCATION OF PUPIL PREMIUM AT WILMINGTON ACADEMY 2017-2018                   pupilpremium                

 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 of 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 2016-2017

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

  1. a) Accelerated reader/my maths/SAM Learning/Rosetta Stone/Units of Sound/Fresh Start for identified groups.
  2. b) Numeracy interventions – Numeracy Ninjas, catch up numeracy, bespoke interventions and support.
  3. b) Improving access to mentoring, counselling, careers advice, attendance and welfare support.
  4. c) Providing targeted interventions during and outside of school hours, using external providers as appropriate.
  5. d) Providing targeted one to one tuition and small group to improve access to the whole curriculum.
  6. e) Enabling all students to access enrichment and enhancement opportunities.
  7. f) Raising aspirations post 16 and beyond.


 – GCSE progress and attainment

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– Reading age gains/Chronological reading age



– Attendance


Breakdown of allocation of funding 2016-2017      –  £216,315 received


Targets 2017-2018 for disadvantaged students

  1. Progress 8 score +0.25
  2. Close the attainment gap so that PPG students attain as well as other students nationally in a wide range of subjects.
  3. Increase % of 5-9 in English and maths from 38% to 45%
  4. Attendance at least at national average for all students (95%).
  5. Students to achieve chronological reading and numeracy ages.
  6. Enhance cultural capital and aspirations through extra-curricular and motivational experiences.

Allocation of funding 2017-2018      £216,000 (provisional)


September 2017