Pupil Premium


At Paignton Community and Sports Academy we are 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 and learning’ and this is the main aim of the Academy. We want to overcome any barriers to learning focussing 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 % PP
Year 7 122 301 41%
Year 8 117 272 43%
Year 9 114 297 38%
Year 10 95 251 38%
Year 11 87 220 40%
Total 535 1341 40%


Key Objectives:

  • to accelerate the progress of PP students so that the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students is narrowed
  • to improve the literacy and numeracy of PP students in KS3
  • to monitor the progress of reading ability of disadvantaged pupils
  • 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 2017-18, Paignton Community and Sports Academy received £412,335 in Pupil Premium money for 500 students who represented 39% of the Academy’s 11-18 population.

Planned expenditure 2018/19:

For September 2018 there will be 535 pupil premium students, bringing in an estimated £500,225.

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.

Please click here to read our Pupil Premium Statement.

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