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.”
2016-17 Pupil Premium Funding
At Torquay Academy 407 students (39.6%) are entitled to Pupil Premium funding. The total amount received is £413,929 including Year 7 catch-up funding.
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:
2016 GCSE results (5A*-C inc English and Maths): Torquay Academy overall results: 62%; pupil premium students: 51%. This is a reduction from the 2015 gap of 13%.
2016 GCSE results (Progress 8): Torquay Academy PP/non-PP gap 0.22. Torquay Academy is in the top 3% of schools for progress 8 performance for all pupils, and the top 13% of schools for progress 8 performance of disadvantaged pupils. The progress 8 score for disadvantaged students is +0.39.
English GCSE progress 8 in top 5%
The English Progress 8 scores at Torquay Academy are +0.76 for all pupils, and +0.58 for disadvantaged pupils. This is in the top 2% of schools and the top 5% of schools respectively, compared with all schools nationally.
Maths gap reduced to 8%
Maths overall pass rate in 2016 was 66.7%, and pupil premium pass rate was 58.6%.
Other 2016 GCSE headlines
TA PP gap for passes in English and Maths (Basics) was 6.7% (65.3% for all students and 58.6% for pupil premium) – this continues the closing of the gap over the last two years. Torquay Academy ‘Open’ element progress 8 scores are +1.29 for all students and +1.17 for disadvantaged – both of these are in the top 1% of schools.
1038 VA for PP students, compared with 1005 last year.
Pupil Premium Cost & Impact Summary
Pupil Premium Expenditure
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