Skinners’ Academy in context
The Academy opened in 2010 (following closure of the all-girls predecessor school) and is a co-educational 11-18 comprehensive school situated on the largest council estate in Europe, in the seventh most deprived borough in the country. We are the 5th new-build Academy to open within the London Borough of Hackney and, due to our location in the North West corner of the Borough, we also attract students from the neighbouring boroughs of Haringey and Islington. Over 40% of pupils qualify for Free School Meals and over 50% speak a language other than English at home (EAL); 20% of pupils are deemed “vulnerable”. The number of EAL pupils is four times the national average; incidence of pupils with a statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) is twice the national average, as is the School Action + SEN category.
Hackney is in the top 10% most deprived areas in the country. The New River ward in which the school is situated is the fifth most deprived ward in Hackney. According to the deprivation index categories of ‘barriers to housing’ and ‘household income’, it is in the bottom 3% nationally1.
The Academy is sponsored by The Skinners’ Company, one of the original City of London livery companies, which now acts as a charitable trust. Our mission statement is: “Be the best you can be” and this sits alongside our core values.
1 Source: “The English Indices of Deprivation” (Department for Communities and Local Government, 2010)
At Skinners’ Academy we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students through three main areas; academic support and school attendance; raising aspirations and motivation; overcoming barriers to learning through outstanding pastoral care. By maximizing life opportunities for all students we hope to provide an inclusive and caring environment where excellence is attainable for all.
What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 and is allocated for students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals; £1,900 is allocated for any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 is allocated for students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the Ministry of Defense.
Why is there a pupil premium?
This grant is aimed at helping to address the noted attainment gap between less well-off students who are on free school meals and their peers. Research has shown that students that have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. Through additional educational support the funding should be used to help narrow the gap.
School Policy and Accountability
The Principal and governing body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents value for money. Schools are empowered to allocate Pupil Premium funding in accordance with their own policy, as they are deemed to be best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the pupils targeted. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
The Principal and Senior Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.
How many students at Skinners’ Academy are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
In the academy we currently have 552 students who are eligible to benefit from this additional funding.
The academies total premium for 2015-16 is forecast to be £516,120
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Skinners’ Academy, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of needs, support and appropriate intervention.