Pupil Premium Grant


What is it?


Sidney Stringer Academy is committed to ensuring that every individual child achieves and excels, despite any disadvantage. The Government provides Pupil Premium funding, which is in addition to main school funding, to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals or children in care and others. The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or have been eligible in the last six years. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.


Year Group


Total Number of Students

Non Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

% Pupil Premium

( 2015)

Year 7




51%   (58%)

Year 8




57%   (41%)

Year 9




47%   (50%)

Year 10




56%   (59%)

Year 11




57%   (55%)

Total Cohort




54%   (55%)












Sidney Stringer Pupil Premium Grant Allocation (financial year April – March)


2014 - 2015:  £586, 245


2015 -  2016:   £550,715


2016 -  2017:    £544,170


We use the Pupil Premium Grant to fund three main activity types:

1. Support

2. Intervention

3. Enrichment




·        Upon entry, we use qualitative and quantitative data to set aspirational targets for students.


·        We want students to be ‘fit for learning’ so we begin days by providing free breakfast in our restaurant for those in receipt of free school meals.


·        In order to support the social and emotional needs of students, we employ our own Educational Psychologist, Counsellor, Child Protection Officer, ASD specialist and team of Learning Mentors.


·        We offer support and guidance via our strong Pastoral Structure. Non–teaching House Heads are available all day to work directly with students and parents, as they each have their own administrative assistant.


·        We have provision for students to do homework in school, providing comfortable surroundings and refreshment.


·        Students are provided with supplementary text books for English, Maths and Science in order that they can have their own copy and take them home.


·        Year 7 students are highly subsidised to purchase IPADS to promote engagement and deepen learning, both in school and at home.


·        Aspiration is developed on a 1:1, group and whole school basis. During our annual Careers Convention, students attend workshops with companies, organisations and universities to gain knowledge of the variety of opportunities available and personal and academic requirements.  We employ a Careers Officer who meets with students individually to ensure that their paths are aspirational and attainable.


·        Our Rewards system promotes determination, resilience, achievement and participation via the earning of Conduct Points. Staged milestones enable students to receive a variety of rewards.




·       Staff are aware of Pupil Premium students and their progress is tracked half termly and termly to provide and adjust interventions where necessary.      


·       A rigorous Staff Appraisal System involves analysis and discussion of the achievement and attainment of students in individual classes.


·       Our clear referral and monitoring systems evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and progress of students.


·       We invest in a wide range of Continuing Professional Development for teachers, led by Teaching and Learning Consultants, alongside high quality training, rigorous monitoring and judicious deployment of Learning Support Assistants, to ensure high quality teaching of all. There is an emphasis on engagement and effective oral and written feedback to promote rapid progress.


·       We employ extra teachers of English, Maths and Science resulting in flexibility, smaller classes and the creation of specific groups for targeted students.


·       We believe that literacy underpins attainment and invest in a whole school literacy programme, which all students follow, led by a Literacy Co-ordinator. Some students are withdrawn for literacy support by a dedicated Learning Support Assistant in a specifically resourced room


·       Our curriculum model provides capacity to boost English and Maths skills with increased hours for some students in Years 7 and 8.


·       Departments are encouraged to bid for resources to support named students, in order to counter specific disadvantage in their subject areas.


·       Students are directed to attend extended day, weekend and holiday Revision programmes, personalised to meet their varying needs.


·       Our tightly structured Tutorial Programme promotes general knowledge, Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship, providing discussion opportunities within a vertical age grouping.


·       We provide personalised work related learning programmes for students if appropriate.




·       We offer students an extensive, extra-curricular programme of different enrichment activities to enable them to explore interests and talents, participating in ways which might not otherwise be available to them.


·       Trips are offered and subsidised throughout the year. Our ‘Stringer Scholar’ scheme rewards students who have a high mean Attitude to Learning score across Effort, Behaviour, Homework and Punctuality to lessons.


·       We have a close working partnership with ‘Positive Youth Foundation’, an organisation promoting aspiration and achievement of young people in the community via active, positive participation in academic and vocational learning, alongside extra-curricular activity. 




In 2016:


Sidney Stringer Yr 11 students performed better than Non PP students did nationally in 2015 against the following measures:


·       Expected Progress in English

·       Expected Progress in Maths

·       English Baccalaureate

·       English and Maths at Grades A*-C


·       The Value Added score for both PP and non PP students was significantly higher than the 2015 national average score for non PP students


·       The percentage of PP students at SSA achieving the English Baccalaureate is almost equal to that achieved by non PP students nationally in 2015


·       In both English and Maths a greater percentage of PP students made significantly more than expected progress than the number of students who were not in this group, nationally in 2015.