At Thornhill Community Academy we recognise the importance of ensuring all pupils, whatever their background or circumstance, are provided with a high quality and relevant education. This will ensure that all pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in life.
Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil on roll where they are deemed to be disadvantaged. Pupil Premium funding of £935 per pupil is allocated to pupils deemed to be from low income families who are registered for Free School Meals, or have been at any point in the last six years, together with pupils who have been in care continuously for six months or more. In addition to this, pupils from Service Families are allocated £500 per pupil.
The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 in order to provide effective and appropriate intervention to help close the Literacy and Numeracy gap for these children.
The Pupil Premium Report and Closing the Gap Policy and Action Plan attached below outline the Academy's strategies and approach to closing the attainment gap and demonstrates the impact this funding and these initiatives are having on student outcomes. They include details of how Pupil Premium funding was spent last year (2015-16) and how we are spending the funding in 2016-17.
High quality teaching and learning is at the heart of our Closing the Gap Strategy. We heavily invest in the continuous professional development of all staff to ensure lessons are the best they can be and to ensure they meet the needs of all pupils. Below are a few documents that highlight the range of approaches we are taking in classrooms.