Pupil Premium represents additional funding awarded to schools and academies to help raise the achievement of pupils who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and/or have been at any time during the last six years. Pupil Premium is also allocated to children in care who have been continuously looked, however this funding goes directly to Thurrock Virtual Schools to manage on behalf of those students.

The Department for Education identified that students meeting the Pupil Premium funding criteria may experience a wide range of barriers to their educational achievement, and the funding is awarded to schools so that they can offer further support to their students. Barriers to achievement include the quality of a student’s prior learning, their level of literacy skills, the lack of belief they might have in their ability to be successful, and the limited support and opportunity that they have been afforded to date.

More information about Pupil Premium funding from the Department for Education, can be found on their website. Please follow this link to go direct to the page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings

At Ormiston Park Academy, our ethos and overarching priority is to provide all of our pupils with every opportunity to reach their goals and achieve academically at the highest possible level. Each year the additional funding given to us is used in a multitude of different ways to support ensuring an equality of opportunity and outcomes for our students.

We recognise that our students are individuals each benefiting from different types and levels of support. Therefore, the Academy uses the Pupil Premium Grant to support a wide range of activities and projects throughout the academic year. Our aim being to address the underlying inequalities between students disadvantaged by circumstance and their less disadvantaged peers.

 Pupil Premium – Proposed Expenditure 2019 – 2020

Number of eligible pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received (Years 7 to 11)
Total number of pupils on roll 622
Number of pupils eligible for PPG 162
Level of funding £216,000

Pupil Premium – Proposed Expenditure 2019 – 2020

Description Value Comment
Senior Leader responsible for student outcomes £7,500 Salary part-funded. Direct impact upon and responsible for improving attainment
MIS/SIMS Student Data Manager £4,500 Salary part-funded. Direct impact upon and responsible for improving attainment
Pupil Premium Grant Co-ordinator £5,500 Salary part-funded. Direct impact upon and responsible for improving attainment
Smaller class sizes in Core subjects £25,000 Salary part-funded for additional staffing in the Mathematics, English and Science teams.
Learning and Teaching Assistants £7,500 Salaries part-funded. Accountability for raising achievement levels and narrowing the gap
Accelerated Reader Co-ordinator £20,000 Salaries part-funded. Accountability for raising achievement levels and narrowing the gap
Accelerated Reader Resources £23,000 Investment in Licence/Books/ICT and Administration
STEM project provision £6,500 Consultancy and project work contract securing engagement and improving motivation
Councelling and therapy sessions £5,500 To improve self-esteem, a sense of belonging and remove barriers to learning.
Attendance tracking and intervention £4,500 Additional mentoring and support for year 11 students to improve their attendance
Coaching and Mentoring £5,000 Targeted mentoring and coaching to remove barriers to success in external examinations
Additional Mathematics / English / Science individual tuition £8,000 Targeted tuition following diagnosis of skills gaps for year 11 students
Social Club Provision £2,500 Partial funding of late bus provision to enable engagement in addition activities
Transition Activties £2,500 To provide a range of activities across the year to support the transition for students between Key Stages.
Staff Development Training and Support £3,500 To provide enhanced training for all staff to meet the needs of disadvantaged students.
Curriculum Resources £6,500 To provide a wide range of resources, materials and support for disadvantaged pupils in all curriculum areas.
Specific Project Provision £10,000 Initiatives to secure engagement and higher achievement
Food Break & Afterschool Clubs £3,000 Help for pupils to improve learning.
Vouchers to reward students £5,000 To incentivise students, increase participation and improve attainment.
BehaviourWatch Online Subscription £3,500 Use of the online platform for our programme of rewards and incentives, and to maximise home:academy communications.
School Uniform £2,000 To assist parents by providing/replacing school uniform.
School Trips £6,000 To increase participation, improve self-esteem, improve progress and secure higher attainment.
Afterschool and half term revision and resources £6,500 To provide a targeted revision programme for Year 11 students delivered by specialist staff.
A range of Aspirational activities and Careers Guidance. £3,000 Visiting guest speakers/assemblies/ visits etc.
Student Support Centre provision & Strengthening Minds programme £14,500 Specialist Intervention programme and staff training package.
Alternative Curriculum Provision £25,000 Allows access to bespoke educational packages to support success
Total £216,000

The impact of our provision in relation to securing improved progress for disadvantaged students at the Academy in the last Academic Year 2017/18 is shown below.
Impact of our provision in the 2019/20 Academic year will be evaluated following the examinations results for the 2020 GCSE series.
The Strategy will be reviewed in September 2020.

Disadvantaged Pupils End of KS4 Outcomes

(Number of disadvantaged students in cohort – 29)

Progress 8 Score
Attainment 8 Score
Basics % (5+)
Average Ebacc APS

These outcomes are subject to validation by the DfE in January 2020


Latest Announcement

Letter from the Principal re retirement

November 6th, 2019|

Dear Parent/Carer,

I firstly want to welcome you and your child back to the academy after what I hope has been a restful and enjoyable half term break.

I also wanted to write to you today to inform you that I have made the decision to retire at the end of the academic year, having proudly served as Principal of Ormiston Park Academy for many years.

I first joined the school – which was then Aveley Secondary School, before later becoming Belhus Chase Specialist Humanities College – as Deputy Headteacher in 2004. During my fifteen years here, it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to support the many children and young people who have come through our school doors.

It is with great sadness that I will be leaving the academy, but I am so proud of how far we have come and of all the great milestones and achievements that we have reached together. Building Ormiston Park Academy to be the positive, proud and prosperous learning environment it is today has been a huge team effort, and some of my greatest career highlights have been at our academy.

There are so many things I am proud of, including leading our successful transition to become Ormiston Park Academy and join the Ormiston Academies Trust family in 2009 – a move which continues to significantly benefit our students, staff and wider school community. Additionally, designing and officially opening our state-of-the-art new building in 2013 which has given our students the opportunity to learn and develop in an inspiring and high-quality learning environment. And finally, achieving our Good Ofsted rating in 2017, with inspectors praising the high expectations and culture that we have all created – giving our students the very best possible chance to succeed.

The positive and upward journey of the academy, however, would not have been possible without the invaluable support of the parent body, and the collective hard work of the students, senior leadership team, staff, Board of Governors and our sponsor, OAT. I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to you all, as Ormiston Park Academy would not be the school it is today without you all.

As the academy continues on its successful journey, we are launching a recruitment process to appoint a high calibre Principal whose vision and passion will match our high expectations for the academy and your children.

Once appointed, I will be working closely, alongside our Board and the Trust, to support the transition of the new Principal, who will be starting in the new 2020/21 academic year.

We will keep you updated on the recruitment process, and in the meantime, I would like to thank you once again for your continued support over the years. It has truly been a pleasure to be the Principal of the academy, working alongside such talented children and staff, and I will continue to follow Ormiston Park Academy journey closely in the years to come.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Huw Derrick



Join our mailing list and get updates in your inbox

Don’t worry we will never share your details and we don’t send spam

Please tick here to confirm that you have read and understood our Privacy Notice