Pupil Premium and Free School Meals Information

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Use of the Pupil Premium in 2015/16: Impact on results and future plans for 2016/17.

Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:

• have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935 in 2015-16)
• have been in Local Authority care for more than 1 day or have been adopted from care (£1900 in 2015-2016, however £1000 will be retained by the Virtual Headteacher in the Local Authority).
• have parents/carers in the armed services currently, or at any time in the past 4 years (£300 in 2015-16).

We were allocated £89,760 for the academic year 2015/2016. We received this money in regular instalments and the funds were in addition to the main school budget (the General Annual Grant, GAG).

At Outwood Academy Ripon we have developed many robust intervention strategies over a number of years, all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We are proud that we have ‘narrowed the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfil one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”. This has been identified as a particular strength of the Academy:

“The achievement of disadvantaged pupils is exceptionally high. In 2015, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils gaining five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, was above the average for other pupils nationally. It was more than double the average for disadvantaged pupils nationally. The proportions of disadvantaged pupils making or exceeding expected progress in English and mathematics were above others nationally.” (Ofsted, January 2016).

Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students. The intervention strategies exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium money allocated for 2016/17 will also continue to support these strategies and interventions:

Curriculum support:

  • Revision sessions for students preparing for examinations are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the Academy day as well as evenings, weekends and during holiday time.
  • ‘Maths Watch’ CDs are provided free to Year 11 students to support their exam preparation in maths.
  • GCSE revision guides for English and maths are provided to students free of charge.
  • Accelerated Reader and Lexia (a computer programme used to support bespoke literacy difficulties) are used to raise literacy across the Academy.
  • Students in Year 7 and 8 receive an additional English and maths lesson.
  • Directors of English, maths and science have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making at least expected levels of progress in English, maths and science.
  • Modern Foreign Languages, humanities and performing arts are also supported by Directors this academic year.
  • Option English and option maths are additions to the core curriculum for these subject areas.
  • SLT support is provided in most Year 11 English and maths lessons.
  • 1-1 tutors are employed to provide high quality intervention in maths and English at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
  • Alternative provision can be considered through a “step out” programme with the PRS, Evolve (post 16) and Enhanced Mainstream Service (EMS)
  • The Hub provides bespoke, small group sessions for students to work on targeted curriculum areas.
  • Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported, when necessary, with music lessons, specialist equipment and trips to enhance their learning experiences.


Uniform has been provided for all Year 6 students and, in addition, all students who join Outwood Academy Ripon during the year will receive a free uniform to ensure that all students are starting from the same point. Additional uniform is also provided for vulnerable students.

Careers advice and guidance for Y9, 10, Y11, Y12 & Y13:

A careers advisor (Careers Inc) has been employed for one day per week to work with students from Year 9 to Year 13. Presently, all Year 11 students receive an individual ‘interview’ with the Senior Leadership Team to support them with their post 16 applications, but are also offered the opportunity for independent advice with the careers advice service. Work is taking place with Y9, Y10 and Y11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are all provided with further dedicated time with the careers team with a focus on their future and choices. Following the 2016 results we had no students who fell into the NEET category.

Pastoral Care:

The Inclusion Co-ordinator, Learning Managers, Teaching Assistants, Attendance Officer, Personalised Learning Centre Manager and Education Welfare Officer make up a highly skilled and experienced team whose focus is the achievement of all students.

Weekly meetings ensure that vulnerable students are making the progress they should and any form of intervention that is needed is in place. Our school nurse (one day per week) works with students and is a valuable resource to offer support and medical advice. The peer mentoring team (mentors in Years 12 and 13) provide one to one support for vulnerable students in Key Stages 3 and 4.

Additional schemes include:

  • Daily morning, break and lunch clubs for all vulnerable students in the Hub.
  • HMS Heroes club supported by Annabel Hall, our local Service’s Pupil Champion.
  • Self Esteem club – focusing on social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • Lego club – a supportive social club to support social skills.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding:

In 2015-16 a total of £15,000 was awarded for supporting students with low prior attainment at Key Stage 2. In order to support these students the money was allocated to:

  • Extra TA support to allow bespoke literacy and numeracy intervention
  • 121 support in maths and English.
  • Resources for supporting the Accelerated Reading programme and Lexia (a literacy support programme).

Results Summary – 2016


Students making expected progress in English and maths.


Please note that national averages are based on 2015 data.


Plans for 2016/17.

The funding allocation for this year has increased to £98,175. This will allow Outwood Academy Ripon to continue to offer the above interventions and support for our students.