Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement, including pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and the children of armed service personnel.

At Portland Academy, a large proportion of children are eligible for the Pupil Premium with around 41% being eligible for free school meals. We currently have 6 students who are looked after by local authorities.

The Academy currently has 111 boys and 49 girls on roll. Of these 160 students, the majority have severe learning difficulties. Around 12.5% of students have profound and multiple learning difficulties. Approximately 40% of our learners are on the Autistic Spectrum. 38% of students have an identified additional speech, language or communication need.

All our staff, trustees and directors 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.

For the academic year 2016/2017 Portland Academy will receive approximately £48,799 in Pupil Premium funding. Pupil Premium has been used in a variety of ways to improve pupil progress.

Please click on the links below to view a summary of our allocated spending for previous academic years and an outline of how we intend to spend this year’s grant.

Pupil Premium Reviews 2017

Pupil Premium Grant 2016/2017

Pupil Premium Grant 2015/2016

Pupil Premium Grant 2014/2015

Year 7 Catch Up Grants

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Grant is allocated to year 7 pupils who did not reach Level 4 in Reading and/or Math’s at the end of Key Stage 2. This catch up premium provides the Academy with an additional £500 for ach year 7 pupil who did not reach Level 4 in the above. All of our 16 students in year 7 are entitled to this catch up premium, bringing in a total of £8000 to provide additional support in these two areas.

The planned catch up expenditure focus is;

To accelerate progress for pupils in Literacy and Numeracy.

This involved a number of planned interventions and support, the details of which are explained in greater detail within the report below.

Catch up Grant Last Years Expenditure 2015/16

Catch up Grant Planned Expenditure 2016/17