Pupil Premium at Paignton Academy

At Paignton Academy we are a community committed to creating opportunities for students to maximise their achievement, make good progress, to develop high aspirations and take advantage of all opportunities that the school has to offer. At Paignton we aim to ensure that all students eligible for Pupil Premium funding are supported and challenged to take part in all aspects of school life so that they can improve their own life chances. We aim to narrow the gap between their outcomes and those of their peers, through effective use of the Pupil Premium funding which comes directly into school from the government to help us to achieve this aim.

According to research, disadvantaged students benefit the most from ‘high quality teaching & learning’ and this is the main aim of the Academy. We want to overcome any barriers to learning, focusing first on those who are disadvantaged.

Pupil Premium funding is targeted at students who have received Free School Meals at any time in the last 6 years; been continuously looked after for at least six months; been adopted from care and children who have one or more parents in the British Armed Forces.


Pupil Premium numbers

On roll

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 Key Objectives:

  • to accelerate the progress of PP students so that the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students is narrowed
  • to ensure that PP students have access to consistent high-quality teaching
  • to ensure PP students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • to improve the cultural capital of PP students through a knowledge rich curriculum
  • to improve the literacy and numeracy of PP students
  • to ensure that PP students receive planned IAG and are aware of Post 16 opportunities
  • to ensure that staff have a high level of awareness of the needs of disadvantaged pupils in their classrooms
  • to target disadvantaged pupils who require catch-up through the school intervention programme

In 2018-19, Paignton Academy received £493, 680 in Pupil Premium money. This represented 39% of the Academy’s 11-18 population. The progress in 2018-19 for Pupil Premium students improved, which has enabled the Academy to close the gap further. The attendance for Pupil Premium students also improved in 2018/19.

Planned expenditure 2019/20:

For September 2019 there will be 530 Pupil Premium students, bringing in an estimated £461,890


How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

We use detailed analysis after each data drop across all year groups, to look at the progress of Pupil Premium students compared with ‘other’ students within the Academy and nationally. This helps us to identify areas of strength and where we should target resources for individuals or groups of students. The impact is also measured through the Academy’s quality assurance processes. Termly monitoring reviews are also conducted with BET Board members.


Please click here to see the Pupil Premium Strategy statement – 2019/20 and the review of 2018/19

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