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Pupil Premium



The Ashwood Academy has received £3622.90 Pupil Premium funding from the EFA in 2017-18.


The main barriers to educational achievement that disadvantaged students face are low attendance (often familial and historical) and literacy levels that are significantly lower than chronological ages. There are also a significant number of students who have previously undiagnosed SEN.


We will measure the impact of our Pupil Premium Strategy by analysing the individual progress of each student against their own targets, rather than the cohort as a whole against non pupil premium students.

Examples of our measures are:

  1. Improved attendance, against previous schools attendance
  2. Academic progress at least in line with mainstream peers
  3. Reduced Fixed Term Exclusions
  4. Student maintains engagement in education once they have left The Ashwood Acadmey


The next pupil premium strategy review is 17th May 2018


Tom Laugharne, Deputy Headteacher is responsible for Pupil Premium

The majority of learners are dual registered, with The Ashwood Academy as their Subsidiary Education establishment. This means that the Academy does not claim the pupil premium grant directly from the Department for Education.


To ensure that learners benefit from their pupil premium grant funding, referring schools are invoiced for a pro rata amount at the end of each half term. Few learners attend the Academy for a whole academic year and it is important that the pupil premium is available to support them in the educational establishment to which they progress.


The pupil premium is spent by the Academy each year in ways that will have the biggest long term impact for each learner. For more vulnerable learners, this may be a short term recurring activity that will foster their nurturing capabilities and strengthen their emotional literacy, making them more likely to achieve success within a school setting.


The pupil premium grant funding makes a difference to the attainment of learners by:

  • increasing literacy levels and enabling access to the age-appropriate curriculum
  • building self-confidence and emotional literacy to enable learners to move on to the next phase of education
  • enabling learners who were eligible for pupil premium grant funding to make more progress as a group in science
  • enabling the identification of specific learning needs which allowed learners to have extra time, scribes and/or readers when sitting exams.



During 2016-17, 41% of learners (45) at The Ashwood Academy were eligible for the pupil premium grant. This is significantly higher than the national average of 28.94% and Hampshire average of 15.9%.

The Academy received £6,895.00 from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for single rolled learners and £23,507.00 was claimed from schools with which we have dual registered learners.

The funding was used to support a range of initiatives including:


  • one-to-one academic mentoring sessions to improve literacy, numeracy and confidence in applying knowledge within lessons
  • new netbooks to support learners to work independently and complete coursework
  • Subscription to online resources such as Century-Tech, Tassomai, i-Achieve 7 Achieve 3000 to enable students to access learning from anywhere on any mobile device.
  • the purchase of bus passes to enable students to attend work experience
  • a subsidised breakfast and Break Time Food club, available to all learners
  • subsidised materials in Food Technology enabling learners to take care of themselves and family members by teaching them how to cook healthy meals within a budget.