Pupil premium (PP) strategy statement

School overview

School nameAston Manor Academy
Number of pupils in school1,011
Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils560 pupils (55%) KS3/KS4
Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers (3 year plans are recommended – you must still publish an updated statement each academic year) 2022/23 to 2025/26
Date this statement was publishedDec 2023
Date on which it will be reviewedSept 2023/24/25
Statement authorised byJ Sweeney
Pupil premium leadS Lander
Deputy Headteacher
Governor / Trustee leadNicola Watts




4 September 2023 27 October 2023 6 November 2023 23 December 2023



8 January 2024 9 February 2024 19 February 2024 22 March 2024



8 April 2024 24 May 2024 3 June 2024 22 July 2024


4 September 2023

27 October 2023

8 December 2023


Parents Evening dates for the 2024/2025 academic year will be published soon

Wider (non-academic) staffing priorities for current academic year

Priority 1Employment of Educational Psychologist to work closely/support the mental health and wellbeing of disadvantaged students. Additional pastoral staff employed to support students in line with managing impact of Covid-19 on studentsEP: £50,000
YW: £50,000
Priority 2Employment of an attendance officer and family support worker to increase attendance and provide family support for disadvantaged studentsFSW/AT: £45,000
Barriers to learning these priorities addressLow levels of family engagement/support influencing persistent absence
Projected spending£145,000

Targeted academic support for current academic year

Priority 1Literacy/English and numeracy/maths interventions for low attaining disadvantaged students (Lexia/ sound training/ Lucid/ reading/ writing support/ Accelerated Reader)£30,000
Priority 2Staff resources dedicated to setting up and distributing laptop and data packages for disadvantaged students to support their learning in and outside of school.£5,000
Barriers to learning these priorities addressImproved parental engagement and increased home learning, IT infrastructure when using a blended learning approach
Projected spending£35,000

Wider strategies for current academic year

AreaChallengeMitigating actionCost
TeachingEnsuring enough classroom space is given for English and maths, and smaller teaching groupsWorking closely with local establishments to provide additional rooms (Mount Zion, The Lighthouse)Screens for additional classrooms (£3,000)
Mount Zion (£6,000)
Targeted supportEnsuring enough time is given for staff CPDThe use of DDT time on a Thursday afternoon (shorter school day to accommodate this) to provide the academic and pastoral training for all staff
Wider strategiesEngaging the families facing extreme challengesWorking closely with outside agencies/stakeholders to provide outreach for these families (including placements/ managed moves to re-engage disadvantaged/ underachieving students)COBs: £5,000
Placements: £30,000
Additional resources and supportProviding students with additional learning resourcesRevision guides
Revision resources/ incentives
Bespoke motivational/ intensive revision sessions and trips
Total: 494,000

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes

Achieve national average for progress made by disadvantaged studentsNo national data available for progress
Achieve national average for attainment for disadvantaged studentsAchieved
National average: 40.3
AMA: 45.9
Achieve national average in English and maths 5+ scoresAchieved
National average: 31.7
AMA: 33.0

What worked well?

Smaller group teaching, additional after school classes, and classes on weekends and in the holidays. 

Adaptability and flexibility of staff to help with workload, and planning for changing the curriculum according to the needs of students.

Use of external agencies to support with non-academic issues.