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Amazing Design Technologists in Year 4 Austen class! Today they were set the challenge to make an A5 piece of card stable for their prototype of a photo frame. I was really impressed at their creativity and range or original ideas.


Super straddle jumps in year six gymnastics


Tuck jump Tuesday for year six


Beautiful wintery cross country


Who likes magic? Who can thinks we can defy gravity? In Austen class we saw an experiment that got an egg into a conical flask upside-down! We learned that nature likes to equalise air pressure.


How do you strengthen and join paper? As part of our DT learning in Austen class, we have been experimenting with how to make paper structures more stable. We have managed to make paper stronger using layering, twisting, rolling and folding.


Austen class LOVED making their own pop rockets to start their learning about Forces. We also finished the lesson with a good old tug of war using Magdeburg Spheres!


Year six science launching rockets to kick off their forces topic and developing their data recording skills.


New Year, New Topic, fun start to inspire Hansel and Gretel sweethouse writing.


We are back!! Happy new year to you all. Please remember to bring back PE Kits and reading books as these will be needed. We hope you have rested and are raring to get to grips with 2020.


KS2 Party in full swing! The children are showing off their dancing talents with 'Just Dance'!


In Elmer class this half term , we have been learning how to do running stitch and over stitch. We then used our new skills to create stocking decorations for our tree. We then used buttons and felt shapes to decorate them according to our designs.


Potter Class learning the 12 days of Christmas with Miss Harragin


Year 6 have loved having a special Mini Police treat today with a visit from the Police Search dogs. Thank you!


Quick turn around - our KS2 children enjoying their Xmas lunch! Silver elfy service by our staff.


We are pulling crackers, wearing our hats, popping our party poppers and delving into our party boxes for goodies!


Dinner is served: Reception and KS1 Xmas dinner looks delicious!


Thank you Mr Collett for the donation of festive packs for the children: table cloths, crackers, party boxes and an elf hat each! Our little elves are shrieking with joy!


Xmas Dinner Day! We are ready!


Fantastic final cross country of 2019 with the traditional trip to Simmonds! So proud of the children’s progress in stamina, speed and resilience this term.


Final Christmas elf!


Year six Christmas elves wrapping up gifts for children living in care this Christmas.


Sasha and Jasmine's cloud time lapse above the Harpenden Academy roof top.


Max's pineapple time lapse, very impressive!


Time lapse art work from Inka and Charlotte during our Creative Friday session! Well done girls!


Skittle science


Skittle science


Creative Friday science paiting our Volcanoes.


This morning our children went out and spoke to drivers who had stopped outside our school illegally. The children gave them letters telling them about the impact it has on us. Thank you for a great Mini Police unit!


Year 6 musicians created their own songs at the end of our ukulele unit. Well done Year 6, you are very talented!


The naughty EYFS elf Fred forgot to move around the classroom as he should, might be due to 3 nativity’s and a school trip. Hopefully this will make up for it?!


Waiting to meet Father Christmas 🎄


Year six have been making Christmas decorations for our classroom as their home learning and this beautiful embroidery is our favourite so far!


Year six unwrap today’s book advent!


Creative Friday baking group loved making chocolate chip muffins this afternoon!


Lucian's basketball caveman!


An entertaining Stop Motion animation from Evie and Jasmine.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Curators in action debating which artefacts should be added to the Charles Dickens museum.


Learning lots about Charles Dickens’ life and the lives of rich Victorians by exploring his house.

Pupil Premium funding

The government introduced Pupil Premium funding in April 2011 with the aim of bridging the gap between the disadvantaged pupils and their peers. They believe that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school’s funding will address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers.

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) received:  
Total number of pupils on roll 200
Total number of pupils 13
Total amount of PPG received £18,320



  • We ensure that learning and teaching opportunities meet the needs of all pupils
  • We ensure that the needs of all of learners are carefully assessed on a regular interval in particular the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is in place for those students who belong to vulnerable groups
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, we recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
  • We use the Pupil Premium funding to support any student or group of students who the academy has identified as socially disadvantaged
  • The type of provision will depend on the identification of the need for the priority student or group of students.

Pupil Premium / Ever 6 Provision Map

We track the provision for each child on the Pupil Premium through a provision map where we record how the students are supported.  These include:

  • TA support received in class
  • Small intervention group work or 1 to 1 sessions within Inclusion
  • Participation in the nurture
  • Access Arrangements
  • Support from external agencies (counselling, targeted services, TAF, Links support and outreach work etc.)
  • Attendance at clubs; sports and music etc.
  • School trips
  • Participation in the Wow Weeks if these is generative a cost for parents

Pupil Premium / Ever 6 Provision

All pupil premium students access:

  • High quality teaching in the classroom
  • Support in accessing extra – curricular activities which require extra support and funding

Provision targeted at year groups or across year groups

Transition from primary to secondary

Summer school, extended transition mornings, part funded residential trip

Support for end of year school events

Pupil Premium funds are used to enable PP students to take part in the community celebration events of their time at Harpenden Academy, .i.e. attend the leaving celebration, external reward trips  and buy the year book

Support for school trips

Trips are offered at a reduced rate for all PP students

Music Lessons

Music lessons, exam costs and sheet music are offered free for any PP student who wishes to participate

Teaching Assistant’s (TA’s) in class

Many PP students benefit from TA support in the classroom to ensure they participate fully in lessons and supported to access the concepts covered in the lessons and to work independently. 

Joint planning by the TAs and teachers- identified LSAs attached to individual faculties

Targeted to small cohorts within each year group or to individuals

Literacy Interventions

Talking Partners - a targeted intervention to support the communication skills of the PP students

One to One reading / spelling / handwriting / numeracy intervention

Small group lessons in the Learning Zone

Access to Wonder days and Wow Weeks

As part of our Creative Curriculum the children have either an external visitor or go on an external trip to enhance their learning. If these incur a cost then PP pupils have a reduced cost or the experience is paid for as it enhances their learning of curriculum subject.

We also have termly WOW weeks such as Science Weeks or Book Weeks and again if these create a cost for parents then PP children get this cost reduced or paid for from the PP grant as this again further their learning.

Behaviour for Learning

Nurture Group in Primary to support the social skills

Mastering Memory and Fine Motor Skills

PP students who have difficulties with their short term working memory or their fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programmes

Learning Portraits

Through setting up the Learning Portraits all members of staff acquire an in depth understanding of the students and strategies to support them in their learning


Some students are supported through the counselling service, such as bereavement counselling to help them work through issues which impact on their readiness and capacity for learning

Data analysis

Regular analysis of data by the SENCO to track, monitor and identify underachievement


In house attendance improvement officer to support the families and the students

Regular meetings with both parents and students

Home visits

External agencies

Utilisation of external professionals to run sessions for children in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Partnership with Links academy

Support from EP

Close liaison with family support workers

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