Pupil Premium

Robert Smyth Academy provides opportunities for its students that enable them to play an active role in modern society. Students have full access to and experience of the curriculum regardless of ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability and religious beliefs. The Academy encourages a sense of self-esteem, responsibility and tolerance. We value and challenge students to achieve their utmost, whatever their starting point.

Pupil premium is additional funding that the academy receives from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for students who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have received them in the past six years (Ever 6). Parents are encouraged to register their child for FSM, if eligible the academy will then receive maximum funding enabling it to provide additional support, assistance and to enhance personalised learning in raising achievement for those students.

Pupil premium funding can be used to meet all or part of the cost of educational trips or resources for eligible students to enhance their teaching and learning.  Some of the money is used to provide targeted extra support to raise attainment in some subjects for students who qualify for pupil premium.


In 2017/18 the Academy received £54,950 for the academic year and the grant was used in the following ways to support Pupil Premium students:

  • One-to one progress support directly and regularly from the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator to help track progress and performance.
  • Provide funding for enrichment activities such as Sports Leadership Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Enhanced teaching support for students in English and Maths to attain national required target grades.
  • Provide Mathematics equipment to ensure all Pupil Premium students are well equipped to deal with the technical aspects of the subject.
  • Provision of revision guides at KS4 and 5 to support final exam success and attainment grades.
  • Student learning trips in direct conjunction with subject matter. (This is vital in the provision of key student factual information for Case Studies and controlled assessments).
  • To provide opportunities for raising aspirations ie visit to universities and targeted careers advise
  • Support with Music tuition fees for students taking GCSE Music or who consistanly take part in extra curricular Performing Arts .
  • Further resources for educational needs including uniform, equipment and transport when required
  • Providing breakfast club to encourage improved behaviour for learning
  • To reward good attendance and behaviour

Barriers to learning for our PP students

  • Poor attendance
  • Poor attainment at KS2 and 3
  • Lack of organisational skills
  • Limited time and support to complete homework, assignments or assessments
  • Lack of equipment
  • Low self-esteem and aspirations

Impact of Pupil Premium funding 2017/18

2017/18 Pupil Premium Cohort: There were 57 students.

17/18 Yr 10 – 15 students. (7 Male; 8 Female).

17/18 Yr 11 – 12 students. (7 Male; 4 Female).


The Pupil Premium Co-Ordinator closely monitored those in that category with significant attendance issues and this is reported weekly and reported on each half term. PP attendance for 2017/18 was 90.3% compared to all students attendance which was recorded as 94.5%.

The following strategies remain in place including:

  • First day contact
  • Attendance letters
  • Individual parental meetups
  • Attendance surgeries
  • Team around the family meetings
  • Referrals to outside agencies including Parental Support Advisors
  • Group work on barriers to learning through the youth services
  • Literacy and numeracy intervention groupsw
  • Tier referrals to South Leicestershire Learning Panel
  • Alternative provision

Student Destinations

Of the 12 Students leaving Year 11 destinations were as follows:

  • 4 – Continued to A Level courses.
  • 7 – Secured places at other further education colleges.
  • 1 – Apprenticeship
  • 0 (zero) NEET.

100% of PP Students completing Year 11 moved directly to Full-time education

Attainment and Progress

Examination outcomes for Summer 2017 continue to show a positive upward trend. These improvements were seen across both English and maths and have shown that the gap between the performance of PP Students and the remaining cohort has narrowed considerably, resulting in gaps that were much smaller than the national average and in nine subject areas exceeded their peers.


Indicator Pupil Premium Students NON Pupil Premium Students Gap
5 A*-C grades inc.English and maths 50% 65.38% -15.38%
Progress 8 -0.82 -0.2 -0.62

In 2018/19 the Academy will receive £61,380 for the academic year. To ensure we continue to monitor how funds are allocated and the impact this has on students, a full breakdown of identified projects is shown within the table below. This supports our aim to utilise all resources available and direct them to priority areas identified for our students as we look to further narrow the gap between the PP students and remaining cohort.

1 Rewards – attendance and behaviour £350
2 External Careers advice and visits £900
3 Homework club £500
4 Breakfast club £6000
5 Educational trips and visits £3500
6 Resources £3000
7 Music tuition £5000
8 Uniform £1000
9 Individual support- Pupil Premium Co-ordinator £25745
10 Student transport £600
11 Individual support – curriculumintervnetiongroups £8000
12 Individual support – pastoral £3,470
13 Work experience £315
14 Intervention to improveLoP £3000