Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2016-2017

Purpose and Funding

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is located to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).  The pupil premium is aimed to addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and for children of service personnel.

In the academic Year 2015-2016 The City of London Academy (Southwark) received £545,105 and the estimated allocation of  £726,745.25 for the academic Year 2016- 2017 of Pupil Premium funding.

The DFE has given us the freedom to use Pupil Premium as we see it fit, based upon our knowledge of our students’ needs.’ It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ However we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.

City of London Academy Ethos

At the City of London Academy we fully support the thinking behind the Pupil Premium and believe that the best way for disadvantage pupils to catch up with their peers is through our key principles: Achievement for all students, to continue to set high expectations, a strong ethos of achievement, high quality teaching, high quality interventions and a culture and ethos where learning flourishes and every students matters.  When a positive climate for learning is created along with targeted support, then the progress rates for Pupil Premium students accelerates as well as those students who are not PP but identified as in need of support to accelerate their learning.

We spend the Pupil Premium funding in the culture and ethos of the City of London Academy which is to provide Equal Opportunity for all children. We value diversity and we seek for every student to be freed from racism, discrimination or prejudice. To this end our curriculum is designed and regularly reviewed to ensure it meet the needs of all groups of students thus enabling all students to access so that teaching and learning in the classroom is the main focus for raising achievement for all students ( Wave 1 Intervention = Quality First Teaching).

Our aim is that “Everyone Achieve” and the Pupil Premium Funding is used to ensure that all students have EQUAL opportunity to reach their full potential, achieve well and develop resilience. We aim to develop every student holistically (socially, culturally, psychologically) to establish a community that is just and fair for all.

How will we make decisions regarding the use of Pupil Premium.

In making decisions we will:

  • Ensure that the Pupil Premium funding allocated to our school is used for its intended purpose. We also recognise that the Direct School Grant (DSG) has an element of deprivation funding included in it to address the attainment of our disadvantaged students.
  • Use the latest evidence based on research on proven strategies which work to narrow the attainment gaps and adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of the students at the City of London Academy.
  • Be transparent in our reporting of how we have used the Pupil Premium, so that our stakeholders, parents and Ofsted are fully aware of how this additional resources has been used to make a difference and to enhance the life chances of our students.
  • Ensure that there is robust monitoring and evaluation in place to account for the use of the Pupil Premium, by the academy and governing body.
  • We will use Pupil Premium for all year groups.
  • We will drive our aims and key principles through facilitating Quality First teaching and learning. We will use high quality interventions with proven evidence of impact in a time limited way.
  • We will personalise support for targeted students which will be based on a timed diagnostic teaching model, we will evaluate the impact of the intervention and review the plan at set intervals.
  • The Pupil Premium funding is used to secure progress of all groups, also those students from disadvantaged background but not Pupil Premium.


    Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

    Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding Report Context and Purpose The DFE provides additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved a Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. All state-funded schools receive an additional £500 (maximum) for each Year 7 pupil who had not achieved at lease Level 4 in reading and /or maths at Key Stage 2. This funding has inherent expectation that pupils are given the support required to ensure they are more likely to succeed ‘at secondary school’.

    The City of London Academy received a grant of £14,000 for academic year 2016 - 2017.  We have 11 students who transferred to COLA in September 2016 meeting the catch up funding criteria. We intend to use the allocated funds in the following ways:

    Investment in staffing:  to allow smaller set teaching for lower ability students in Numeracy and Literacy..

    Nurture group teaching: We provide Nurture Group for vulnerable students   in years 7 and 8.

    Literacy programs: Students received a wide range of Literacy programs to boost their literacy levels and to secure progress.

    Home Learning Provision: Students are supported with their Home learning

Leaders Responsible for Pupil Premium Budget & Expenditure

  • Mr Richard Bannister (Principal)
  • Mr Jeffery Quaye (Vice Principal)
  • Ms Myra Swartz (Assistant Principal)
  1. Pupil Premium Report 2016-2017