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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium statement  2018/19

This  explains how we spend our Pupil Premium Funding to help make a high quality education a reality for all young people.

For students entitled to free school meals, students in care, students of parents in the armed forces, the school receives the pupil premium. For 2018/19 this will be £935 for students on free school meals, £1900 for students in care and £300 for students of parents in the armed forces, totaling £314,628 

Securing success for students

When students enter City Academy Norwich we ensure we know and understand the starting points for their academic progress. We gain valuable information from their Primary Schools and additionally we carry out several important baseline assessments; for example, their reading ages.

The pupil premium will be spent on ensuring that all students are making progress in the key skills needed to succeed at City Academy Norwich and ensure they are properly prepared for the next stage of their education.

For students who enter the school with reading ages well below their chronological age we will deliver a personalised programme of “catch up” to help them improve on this vital skill. The catch up reading programme will be based on regular use the Ruth Miskin programmes, alongside the Accelerated Reader programme.  For those students joining the school with lower than expected numeracy skills, we offer 1: and small group intervention programmes to ensure that they rapidly improve in this area.

Alongside this we want to encourage students to read for pleasure, supported by our ‘Drop Everything And Read’ programme and homework policy. Ensuring that both young people and their parents have access to high quality stimulating reading materials is a priority.

Within the curriculum we pay for additional staffing which can help us design learning which is personalised to the needs of individual and to groups of learners. For example within English we can implement programmes which build upon the high quality phonics work taught in our feeder Primary Schools.

Throughout their time at City Academy Norwich, we will intervene to ensure that there is early identification through a core team for each year group to ensure appropriate support for students who fall behind in these core skills. This will be done through interventions such as:

  • Small group interventions

  • One to One Tuition

  • Assertive Mentoring

  • Raising Attainment & Progress (RAP) Programmes

Supporting students’ well-being and behaviour

We believe that employing high quality staff to help students overcome their particular barriers to learning is essential. There are many students who do rely on this to succeed at school and without this personal approach will become disengaged from school. This mentoring will mean supporting students, emotionally but also ensuring that they are challenged to work hard, succeed and overcome their barriers to learning. For example

  • Counselling

  • Speech and Language Therapy

  • Additional Careers advice

  • Educational Psychology

  • Pupil Support Workers

  • Compulsory (blazer and tie) clothing purchased

  • Progress Leader attached to each year group

  • Pastoral Outreach Worker caseload

  • A comprehensive PSHE programme

Ensuring equality of access to the curriculum

A key aspect of our ethos at City Academy Norwich is our belief that we need to develop memorable learning experiences. This includes curriculum trips and visits. We also believe that all students benefit greatly from a residential experience. Our developing enrichment programme (called ‘The University of CAN’ or ‘U-CAN), developed in partnership with The University of East Anglia (UEA) is extensive and inclusive. The student premium will be used to support students whose families are on low incomes to access all of these programmes.

We believe that talents such as sport, music, dance and drama will only develop into a lifelong passion by providing a high quality extended curriculum.

The student premium will also help all students access this curriculum and help students discover their talents. For example,

  • Support for Year Group Trips

  • Free Music Tuition

  • Additional support in exams for vulnerable groups

  • Access to Sports Clubs

  • Support with funding equipment for DofE

  • Support for Language Trips


Monitoring and Review

The Plans and budgets for Pupil Premium are reviewed on an annual basis and interventions and impact reported to the governors.

  • Review of the progress of the cohort of the FSM students’ performance and progress takes place each term after each report cycle.

  • Every student has an allocated key worker to track and monitor access to appropriate provision to support the students’ development

  • There is individual monitoring of attendance, Attitudes to Learning (ATLs), Progress Grades and GCSE performance of the students registered as FSM/Ever 6.

  • 58.0% of students a City Academy Norwich are Pupil Premium



E&M at 4+

2016 (C+)







Non disadvantaged





Progress 8








Non disadvantaged