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Super Year Six scientists setting up experiments to explore how water leaves a leaf.


Kerr Class identifying the value of each digit.


Fabulous focus and smiles whilst completing our Beatrix Potter final pieces. We have loved exploring the characters and using watercolours.. stay tuned for the final pieces!


SOS (Save our Sam) Today in Year 1, Sam the frozen penguin needed our help. We had to find the best material to stop him from melting. We made predictions and drew our observations.


Exploring different sentence openers in Kerr class.


Happy Birthday!


Harpenden Academy ready for a socially distanced birthday assembly.


Using watercolour to add extra detail to their


Kerr class adding their final touches to their inspired art.


Year 1 Elmer loved learning about 'algorithms' in Computing today. We followed our own instructions on the playground and then game our toys instructions to navigate around a treasure map. Some children even tried to write their own code!


Super Team Shakespeare teamwork creating infomercials to shares safety information (on physical and mental health) on Covid with the rest of the school.


Wow! Team Dr Seuss continue to impress us this week with their amazing art work based on pieces by Chidi Okoye. What a talented bunch!


They look proud of their work and they should do! What stunning homework Dr Seuss class have brought in this week related to the question: ‘What does Harpenden mean to you?’


An active start in Dahl class, teaching each other team games we created last week


Year Six Circle of Compliments as part of our ‘building resilience’ play project.


Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week.


Amazing progress with counter balances in Year Six gymnastics this week.


Kerr class learning about fronted adverbials and sharing our ideas.


Year 3 became mini-architects for the start of our Buildings history theme this afternoon. The children showed a lot of resilience when tacking the challenges set for them!


Kerr class showing resilience with an UK jigsaw


A fabulously busy day in Dr Seuss class today! Using microscopes to look closely at leaves in science; learning about compassion through drama; and sharing new ideas for team games in small groups in PE. Rest up for another busy day tomorrow!


Using multilink to remind us about multiples of 2 in Potter this morning!


Super Year Six scientists fine-tuning their observation skills by observing different parts of a plant using a microscope.


A fabulous morning using watercolour to paint Peter Rabbit in Potter Class this morning


It's snowing in Elmer class!! Year 1 have been talking about 'freezing' and 'melting'. We made fake snow and talked about what was the same and what was different between real and fake snow.


What a great first full week back. It’s been jam-packed and I’ve been super impressed by Dr Seuss class’s energy, resilience and enthusiasm. Keep it up team!


Great energy and focus in Year Six PE today learning more about attacking and defending.


Year 1 have been reading the story 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. Today we focused on the word 'afraid'. We used our acting skills to show our afraid faces. We then thought of others words that mean the same: terrified, scared, petrified, nervous, horrified.


Kerr class being inspired by The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse creating pieces art that use sketching and shading.


Year six showed super growth mindsets in their first gymnastics lesson today experimenting with balances and counter balances.


Painting portraits in the style of Chidi Okoye in year 5


Year 1 are learning about stories with predictable language. We read two stories today - 'We're going on a bear hunt' and 'We're going on a lion hunt', then we went on our very own 'Elmer hunt'. Can you spot where we found Elmer?


A busy 2 days in Dahl class so far, inspirational maths, bookmark marking and optical illusion drawing, it’s been so lovely to be back!


Fantastic start to year six with Week of Inspirational Maths activity testing the children’s growth mindset to the limit!


Our lovely Reception class prepared a sweet farewell to their Year 6 buddies today by learning and singing 'You've Got a Friend in Me.' Our Year 6 class were very touched. Thank you Reception Ladybird class.


Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project.


Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree...


Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions...


Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions...


Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree...

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018-2019

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 213
Total number of pupils 12
Total amount of PPG received £22,740


  • 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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