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This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2021 to 2022 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. 

It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.

The total budgeted cost is £37, 515

School overview

School name

Leigh Academy Rainham

Number of pupils in school


Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils


Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers (3 year plans are recommended)


Date this statement was published

October 2021

Date on which it will be reviewed

October 2022

Statement authorised by

Mrs A Millward

Pupil premium lead

Mr S Blinkhorn

Governor / Trustee lead

Hollie Allen

Funding Overview

Pupil premium funding allocation this academic year


Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year


Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years (enter £0 if not applicable)


Total budget for this academic year


Statement of intent

It is the intention of Leigh Academy Rainham to eliminate the attainment gaps between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium students. 

At Leigh Academy Rainham (LAR) we believe that given the right  support, all children irrespective of their disadvantages can  achieve extraordinary outcomes.  LAR is committed to ensuring that every student  eligible for  the pupil premium  is in no way disadvantaged when compared to their peers. 

The Academy was established with the  vision  of  “unlocking potential; making dreams a reality,” this is core to our beliefs and underpins our strategy. 

We aim to:

  • Draw on research, best practice and experience within the Academy and Trust  to direct funding towards those practices which are most likely to maximise  achievement.
  • High quality teaching and learning is  one of the key drivers for academic success, as such we are committed to high quality, strategic, and timely professional development. Through our coaching practices we ensure all staff are delivering a high quality, academic and internationally minded curriculum. 
  • Never confuse eligibility for pupil premium funding  with low ability, and have a focus on ensuring students are stretched and challenged to  attain the highest levels.
  • Minimise potential access barriers to learning both within the academic  curricular and co-curricular offers, and maximise progress, achievement and raise aspirations by exposing them to culturally diverse experiences. 
  • Further advantage the disadvantaged students within the academic curriculum and when appropriate give them more targeted support.
  • Ensure all students in receipt of the pupil premium make exceptional academic progress and achieve beyond expectations.
  • Support students to access curricular and  co-curricular trips and visits, removing all possible barriers to social exclusion.
  • Recognise that not all disadvantaged students are in receipt of the pupil premium and the Academy reserves the right to reallocate funding to support  any student or group of students  that are  assessed to be socially disadvantaged.
  • Engage the parents/carers of disadvantaged students, ensuring they are aware of how they can work with the Academy to best support  their children’s achievements at LAR. Where necessary the Academy will offer academic support to parents to assist them in supporting their children’s education. 
  • Ensure our parents and carers are regularly updated about the children’s progress and how they might help drive learning forward. Regularly assess students progress, analyse, reflect and respond to data through the curriculum model, ensuring we respond to the needs of the students. Regularly analyse and evaluate attendance and behaviour data.


This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils

Challenge 1

Students to make better academic progress

Challenge 2

Students to attain as higher grades as their peer group

Challenge 3


Challenge 4

Students to have equal access to tutoring support

Challenge 5

Students to have equal access to co-curricular activities

Challenge 6

Eliminating social exclusion

Intended Outcomes

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcome

Success criteria

Students to attain as highly as their peers.

Termly reports, milestone grades.

Attendance to be >98%.

Termly attendance figures.

Students to be well equipped for learning.

All students have been provided with the necessary resources and support.

Students to be fully engaged with all academy activities.

Increase the number of students taking part in co-curricular activities over the year.

Improve students aspirations through culturally diverse experiences.

All students have been involved in co-curricular trips and visits.

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovery premium funding) this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

Teaching (for example, CPD, recruitment and retention)

Budgeted cost: £ 23,500

Timely feedback from teachers will align student’s effort and activity with a successful outcome.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that providing effective feedback redirects and refocuses the student’s actions, raises their expectations and has the most positive impact on student’s progress.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1 and 2

Accelerated reading scheme. Disadvantaged students to be directed by English teaching staff to participate.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that reading  comprehension strategies are highly effective.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1 and 2

Targeted academic support (for example, tutoring, one-to-one support structured interventions)

Budgeted cost: £6,000

Fortnightly 1:1 mentoring session for each student with their mentor to support their progress and liaise with teachers. Mentoring has a strong focus on metacognition skills and self regulation strategies as a basis for successful learning. Any areas of weakness are identified and targets for improvement are set throughout the year.  Working at grades are reviewed every other term to assess progress.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that metacognition and self regulation strategies form part of the fabric of successful learning, having a significant impact on pupil’s academic performance.  Disadvantaged pupils are less likely to use these techniques and, therefore, gain the most benefit from their use.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1, 2, 3 and 5

Homework club which provides a suitable space and support.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that such support  prevents homework deadlines being missed and falling behind with workload.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1 and 2

Wider strategies (for example, related to attendance, behaviour, wellbeing)

Budgeted cost: £8,000

To reward exceptional attendance at termly certification assemblies and link to College competition awards. Weekly attendance % for Forms and College to be published on prominent notice boards. Pastoral team liaison with parents to support attendance.

Evidence that supports this approach

When pupils do not attend school regularly enough this is shown to affect their learning and academic progress.

Challenge number(s) addressed



Evidence that supports this approach

Access to the school counsellor provides much needed support to vulnerable students.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1, 2 and 3

Co-curricular activities including Music lessons, Sports, University visits, Cultural trips and Activity trips.

Evidence that supports this approach

Participation in extra-curricular activities provides personal enrichment and  achievement. It promotes personal development and skills whilst also raising self
esteem. Higher aspirations are encouraged within a sense of community and enjoyment.

Challenge number(s) addressed


ICT and learning resources

Evidence that supports this approach

Provision of Chromebooks and equipment enables better quality work in lessons  and performance in exams.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1, 2 and 5

Uniform Items

Evidence that supports this approach

Correct uniform allows for full inclusion in all school activities.

Challenge number(s) addressed

3, 4 and 6