The school is committed to narrowing and eliminating any gaps in progress and achievement that exist. Beyond the focus upon improving standards in the classroom there is a wide range of imaginative initiatives that are focused upon narrowing the gaps.
The Learning Café provides students with an environment where they can work with support before and after school. The breakfast club encourages students to be at school ready to learn and there are a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to build motivation.
Breakfast revision sessions for Year 11 students take place during the external exams; the Head of Learning Area delivers a 45 minutes revision session with a free breakfast.
Middle leaders and teachers target different groups for a wide range of bespoke interventions. This is supported with mentoring that is delivered by staff and other students.
Staff have a strong moral commitment to improving opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and a strong belief in what they can achieve. There is a dedicated Senior Leadership Team Champion and Governor and Trustee Champions for Pupil Premium students.
TA’s 2015 Challenge Partner review identified our work in pupil premium as an area of national excellence: “With the academy’s uncompromising drive to improve further, outcomes for disadvantaged students are set to improve year on year. The Principal has plans to recruit even more staff so that pupil premium students will receive enhanced support, almost on an individual basis, that will ensure they make better progress, boosting their life chances even further.”
2015-16 Pupil Premium Funding
At Torquay Academy 431 students (47.9%) are entitled to Pupil Premium funding. The total amount received is £367,385.
The Academy aims to use this funding to create a positive impact on the academic achievement and progress of students entitled to it. This includes literacy interventions, evening school classes, the learning cafe, a breakfast club, music tuition, maths and science intervention, financial support for trips, Thrive intervention, safeguarding support and tackling persistent absence. The relative cost and impact of these interventions are shown in the document Pupil Premium cost and impact summary.
We use detailed analysis, including Parallel Sets analysis, to look at the progress of pupil premium students compared with non-pupil premium students within the Academy and nationally. This helps us identify areas of strength and where we should target resources for individuals or groups of students. Details are given in the documents Parallel sets and Pupil Premium year group summary. These documents show our intended focus for spending pupil premium funding over the next year.
The GCSE results of pupil premium students at Torquay Academy compared to non-pupil premium students show a smaller gap than equivalent groups of students nationally:
2015 GCSE results (5A*-C inc English and Maths): Torquay Academy PP/non-PP gap 13% compared with 26% gap nationally.
English GCSE gap eliminated
More PP students achieved A*-C English than non-PP (18% gap in 2014). 29% better than National average for pass in English and 41% improvement on last year for PP students. 97% made expected progress and 56% made more than expected progress.
Maths gap reduced from 13% to 7% whilst securing an 18% improvement on last year for PP students.
Maths pass rate was 21% better than National average for TA PP students. TA PP students progress rates better than National non-disadvantaged.
Other 2015 GCSE headlines
TA PP students achieved 28% above the National average for pass in English and Maths (Basics).
Basics gap reduced from 11% to 7%.
1005 VA for PP students.
Pupil Premium Cost & Impact Summary
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