Report to Parents 2016 - 2017 Pupils on roll and pupil premium grant (PPG) received


Numbers of pupils on roll


Number of pupils eligible for PPG


Total amount pf PPG received


Pupil Premium 

In 2011-2012 The Government launched its' Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals [FSM]. Money is also available for children who are in care. From 2012-2013 it was expanded to include all children, who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. It has also been expanded to include children of members of the armed forces. At present we are receiving funding for approximately 44% of pupils. 

This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially. 

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school’s office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child. We also assure parents that all matters regarding use of the Special Fund are treated with discretion and in confidence. 

For more details on the Pupil Premium, please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium 


  • We aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the individualized needs of all of the pupils. 
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. 
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.


The progress of children receiving PPG is rigorously monitored through regular Progress Meetings with Senior Leadership Team members/ Class Teachers/ Governors and the SENCO [Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator. Additionally, lesson observations and work scrutinies are carried out half termly where disadvantaged children are monitored. 




Additional leadership capacity:


Nationally there is a need to narrow the attainment gap for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To champion the needs of disadvantaged pupils to ensure the attainment gaps are closed

There is a sharper focus on implementing the Disadvantaged Pupils’ Policy from both a leadership and teaching perspectives.

As a result the attainment gaps between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in Y6 & 2 are as follows

Attainment Gaps Dis/ Non-Dis





Year 6











Non Dis





R: reading [age-expectations]W: writing M: maths C: combined

At the end of Year 5 (2015-16) the Disadvantaged pupils achieving age related expectations:

Writing -  53%  (an increase of 16% at the end of Year 6 2016-17)

Maths – 36% (an increase of 17% at the end of Year 6 2016 – 17)

Disadvantaged children achieving ARE at the end of Key Stage 2.

Disadvantaged Pupils













Attainment Gaps Dis/ Non-Dis






Year 2






Year 2 Dis






Year 2 Non






At the end of Year 1 (2015-16) the Disadvantaged pupils achieving age related expectations:

Reading – 33% (an increase of 27% at the end of year 2 2016-17)

Writing -  47%  (maintained Year 2 2016-17)

Maths – 47% (maintained Year 2 2016 – 17)

16-17 33% of disadvantaged cohort are SEND and 62% of the cohort are male. 11 males are identified as disadvantaged or SEN.

1:1 Phonics:

  • 15-16 42% (5/15) pupils passed the Year 1  phonics screening test
  • 16-17 68% (19/28) pupils passed the Year 1 phonics screening test.

This is an increase of 16%

  • 16-17 80% (12/15) pupils passed the Year 2 phonics screening test


The number of disadvantaged pupils working at age-related expectations

43% of disadvantaged baseline were on track to reach ARE. 57% disadvantaged achieved GLD.

An increase of 14% GLD 16-17

Above national average of 55% (15-16)

Additional LSA support:


More disadvantaged pupils enter reception below age-related expectations compared to non-disadvantaged and therefore need to make rapid and sustained progress to close the gap with a focus on core curriculum areas: Reading, Writing and Maths.

To provide before and after school interventions to rapidly improve pupils’ basic skills in order that the attainment gaps are closed with other pupils.

Additional Year 6 teacher capacity:


To narrow the gap even more rapidly especially with the increase of expectation in Reading.

To provide in-class support and tailored interventions during maths and literacy to accelerate the progress of underachieving disadvantaged pupils.

EWO support:


Attendance for disadvantaged pupils has historically been below of non-disadvantaged pupils which will impact on their outcomes. 

To work with the attendance manager to ensure that pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant are supported to attend well.




Dis Pupils









The DfE published its 2015-2016 attendance data using FSM children and gave a combined figure (Primary & Secondary) of 93.0%. Disadvantaged students are currently attending 1.4% above this target.

Attendance Ambassadors


To liaise with parents and pupils at home to ensure that attendance improves.

Number of visits made: 356 home visits have been completed of which 249 were for PPI pupils

Nurture Provision [including Speech and Language support]:


To support disadvantaged pupils in all year groups to overcome significant emotional and behavioural barriers to learning.

Fixed Term Exclusions



Dis Pupils










  • The Academy has an effective nurture group grounded in ‘The Nurture Group Principles’ enabling identified pupils to develop the learning habits to be able to access the curriculum in their classroom for longer periods of time. 12 pupils were exited from the nurture group throughout this time are now managing their feelings and behaviour effectively to enable them to access the curriculum and make good progress in class with their peers
  • Pupils’ behaviour in the Academy is judged to be good because pupils are well supported through various strategies and incentives to ‘make the right choices’ and avoid demonstrating behaviour interrupting their own and the learning of others. Term on term, there has been a reduction in the number of pupils visiting ‘yellow zone’ and ‘red zone’ linked to our behaviour management system
  • A number of targeted inclusion based interventions and strategies are operational to raise self-esteem, support pupils to make the right choices with their behaviour, control their emotions, etc. For example: Volcano in my Tummy (anger management programme), Talking and Drawing therapy,  1:1 etc

School Trips and Events


The families of disadvantaged pupils are likely to have less disposable income for them to provide exposure to wider life experiences resulting in raised aspirations, fun and self-worth.

To fund trips, visits and equipment for pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant.

In the year 2016-17 the school has various trips planned.


  • Library Visit
  • Natural History Museum
  • Mobile Zoo
  • Story Teller Workshop
  • Tropical Wings
  • Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Year 1:

  • Leeds Castle
  • Toy Maker Workshop

Year 2:

  • Florence Nightingale Workshop
  • Rainham Hall
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Poetry Competition
  • GLC Spelling Bee

Year 3:

  • Colchester Castle
  • London Eye
  • Swimming
  • Junior Music Festival
  • Poetry Competition
  • GLC Spelling Bee

Year 4:

  • Royal Air Museum
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Swimming
  • Weekly – World Percussion Music Lessons
  • Junior Music Festival
  • Layer Marney Tower
  • Poetry Competition
  • GLC Spelling Bee

Year 5:

  • African Mask Workshop
  • Imax Theatre
  • Tower of London
  • E-Safety Roadshow
  • Tilbury Cruise Terminal
  • Science Mueseum
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Swimming
  • Junior Music Festival
  • Poetry Competition
  • GLC Spelling Bee

Year 6:

  • Cruise Terminal
  • London Borough Market
  • Stubbers - Residential
  • Adventure Island - Reward Trip

Across the Year Groups there has been many sporting events and tournaments ranging from Dodge Ball, Football, Cricket and a Swimming Gala.

As part of the Academies’ creative curriculum, pupils are provided with a range of experiences and opportunities they would not ordinarily be given. Pupil premium funding has part funded these experiences and opportunities.

All disadvantaged pupils will be entitled to this.

School Milk


Tilbury is a high area of deprivation and a large number of the cohort come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tilbury has significantly lower life expectancy rates than others local areas in Thurrock.

 To promote healthy life style choices and ensure that children are ready to learn and that nutrition isn’t a barrier.

42 FSM children currently have milk, registered through Cool Milk (roughly £137 a month) PP 9% - Non PP 6%

Swimming Subsidy




Tilbury is an area near to the Thames Estuary and Marshland.


To ensure children have developed swimming and water safety as a key life skill.

The following pupils have successfully completed their swimming course and can swim 25 metres without assistance:

By the end of the Autumn Term 22 PP Year 3 pupils will have completed the course

By the end of this spring term 29 PP Year 4 pupils will have completed the course.

By the end of the summer term, PP 46 Year 5 pupils will have completed the course.

Out of school provision [including clubs, child-care and Walking Bus facilities]


Disadvantaged pupils are less likely to participate in before and after school enrichment opportunities if they were required to pay to attend.

To remove barriers, allowing disadvantaged pupils to attend before or after school clubs, enriching their school experience, building their self-esteem through a sense of self-worth and contributing to their academic progress.

69 Pupil Premium children access after school clubs including, Craft Club,  Football, Athletics, Cricket, Cooking

Breakfast club regularly caters  for 26 PP children on a daily basis

All Stars: All Stars varies on a daily basis but recently 18 PP children are regularly attending

Walking Bus: 6 children regularly use the Walking Bus service

Beyond Limits – 10 disadvantaged students attended the Beyond Limits club