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 2015/16 the Academy received £86,995 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, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Arts Award.
  • Enhanced teaching support for students in English 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 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.
  • Further resources for educational needs including uniform, equipment and transport when required
  • Providing breakfast club from the spring term to encourage improved behaviour for learning
  • To reward good attendance and behaviour

Impact of Pupil Premium funding 2015/16

2015/16 Pupil Premium Cohort: There were 78 students.

15/16 Yr 10 – 33 students. (21 Male; 12 Female).

15/16 Yr 11 – 45 students. (24 Male; 21 Female).

Attendance Outcomes RAISEonline


  % of sessions missed due to overall absence % persistent absentees for 15% or more sessions
  School National average School National average
All students 5.3 5.2 5.3 5.6
PP (FSM only) 10 7.5 14.6 10.9
Gap 4.7 2.3 9.3 5.3



  % of sessions missed due to overall absence (year 11 exam leave) % persistent absentees for 15% or more sessions
All students 5.65 3.75
PP 8.9 11.6
Gap 3.25 7.9

The Pupil Premium Co-Ordinator closely monitored those in that category with significant attendance issues.

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
  • Tier referrals to South Leicestershire Learning Panel
  • Alternative provision

Student Destinations

Of the 45 Students leaving Year 11 destinations were as follows:

  • 23 – Continued to A Level courses.
  • 17 – Secured places at other further education colleges.
  • 2 – Secured Apprenticeships within the local community.
  • 1 – Army
  • 1- football scholarship
  • 0 (zero) NEET.

89% of PP Students completing Year 11 moved directly to full-time education; with the remaining 11% in employment or training.

Attainment and Progress

Examination outcomes for Summer 2016 have shown significant improvement from 2015. 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. These numbers are demonstrated within the tables below.


Prior Attainment > Level 3 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Overall
English: Non PP 88 91 86 70 80/27
English: PP students 100 100 87 50 82/16
Maths: Non PP 0 48 95 89 87/42
Maths: PP students 0 25 89 77 80/18


Indicator Pupil Premium Students NON Pupil Premium Students Gap
5 A*-C grades inc. English and maths 55.56% 77.21% -21.65%
Capped Point Score 294.63 points 342.83 points -48.2 points
A*-C English 90.91% 89.68% + 1.23%
Expected Progress Eng 86.67% 87.25% -0.58%
A*-C Maths 86.36% 91.4% -5.04%
Expected Prog. Maths 77.78% 86.17% -8.39%


In 2016/17 the Academy will receive £55,195 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 Achievement evening/coffee morning £500
4 Homework club £300
5 Breakfast club £4000
6 Educational trips and visits £2500
7 Resources £2000
8 Music tuition £700
9 Uniform £450
10 Individual support- Pupil Premium Co-ordinator £25745
11 Student transport £1900
12 Individual support – curriculum/LSAs £5900
13 Faculty projects £8000
14 Work experience £1000
15 Intervention to improve LoP £3000