Pupil Premium


We are pleased to announce that our Summer 2017 Provisional Progress 8 data indicates that the 2016-17 Pupil Premium Strategy ensured our disadvantaged students made even more progress than non-disadvantaged students nationally.  This represents the impact of our strategies that focus on both literacy/numeracy interventions and wider skills sets; ensuring success throughout the curriculum.


The government has provided pupil premium funding for schools in proportion to the number of students who have claimed Free School Meals (FSM) in the last 6 years, commonly known as ‘Ever 6’. Funding is also provided for children of military service personnel and Looked After Children. The term “disadvantaged” is now used nationally to describe this group of students and to track their progress and achievement.


The rate in 16/17 is £935 per pupil in Years 7 – 11. Schools are free to decide how best to spend this funding, with a clear intention from the government that it should be used to support the learning of the target group of students and to close the attainment gap between these and other students.

Ormiston Venture Academy Pupil Premium allocation for 2016/17 is £299,200.

This year we have approximately 43% of Ormiston Venture Academy Students eligible as “Ever 6” and have implemented a wide range of strategies to ensure that personalised support is provided to every individual in their learning.

Venture’s Pupil Premium Strategy

At Venture we believe that every student, can and must achieve. We acknowledge that there may be barriers that may affect achievement and use Pupil Premium funding alongside the latest research (for example via The Sutton Trust) to provide personalised support to address these (see below). The educational challenges facing disadvantaged students can be varied, hence Venture’s approach to personalised learning. However challenges may include:

Venture’s aspirational culture, college structure and involvement in projects such as with the National Literacy Trust are all designed to ensure that our students succeed in all aspects of their time at the academy. As a result of the available evidence we have amongst other things:

Supporting Disadvantaged High Prior Attaining Students

Students are identified and tracked each half term with personalised strategies put in place to ensure progression to target grades. Additionally students are nurtured via access to programmes such as the Sutton Scholars, the Gresham’s Exchange and the Gresham’s Scholarship whereby students are approached and encouraged to consider such opportunities. Funding is used to provide cover for staff to conduct interviews, lead trips and organise additional extra-curricular events eg debating and through developing leadership activities.

Staff recognise the potential of those disadvantaged students who may have underachieved in KS1/2 SATs and ensure additional stretch opportunities within lessons and beyond the curriculum. Additional staffing has ensured all learners from Years 7-11 can access a staffed and resourced learning space for at least an hour a day outside of lessons to support extended learning. The academy has invested in new tracking modules to ensure that the extended learning of students can be easily monitored and to further improve communication with parents and other stakeholders.

Targeted funding includes:

Travel and trip support for aspirational opportunities

Cover for staff to accompany students on aspirational trips

Targeted after school supported study areas



Venture’s approach to personalisation for all learners has ensured through outstanding learning and teaching we have achieved high engagement of students within the academy enabling gaps to be narrowed. The impact on Pupil Premium student outcomes in 2016 is outlined below. Please note that at this point comparisons with national standards refer to 2015 data and will be updated in due course.

In English 74% of disadvantaged students achieved an A*-C grade which is just 2% below other students nationally and 21% higher than similar students nationally. Progress for pupil premium students is anticipated to be significantly above that of other pupils nationally.

In mathematics 45% of disadvantaged students achieved an A*-C. Although this is in line with similar pupils nationally (49%) this is a targeted area of priority for the academy this year.

The gap in mathematics has had an impact of the gap between disadvantaged and other students achieving the Basics measure (English and mathematics at a C grade or higher). 41% of disadvantaged students achieved the Basics measure which is 3% higher than similar students nationally. The gap between disadvantaged students at Venture mirror the national gap (27%).

It is anticipated that progress overall (progress 8) for disadvantaged students will fall less than 0.1 below students nationally from the same starting points.

Measuring impact

In addition to final examinations the impact of the pupil premium is measured every half term in a variety of ways including:


Pupil Premium funding has been allocated using research from the Sutton Trust and best practice to ensure it has a significant impact. The following outlines a number of principles we have used to implement an effective strategy:


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Reviewed and approved by the Governing Body 6th December 2016


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