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Congratulations to the winners of our Lockdown Photography Competition. A tremendous effort from - capturing patterns in nature, country and urban landscapes & still-life inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.


Budding photographers with their certificates. Congratulations Flori for your overall winning photograph 📸


Elmer continued their learning about passing germs with a glitter experiment. The first person dipped their hands in glitter glue and then we looked at how far we could transfer the glitter germs. We then investigated how long it took to wash our glitter germs away


Today Elmer have been learning about the transference of germs in Science. To get us thinking we made some 'safe snot'


The children discussed how different people react in different situations. We have used animals to help us explain how other would act.


Year Six writers taking part in a Food Guild Young Food Writers competition this week, inspired by blackberry poems by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney.


Year six cyclists loving their training this week and learning so many new skills to help the cycle safely on the roads. So proud of their positive attitudes, kindness and support towards each other and resilience.


Kerr class adding to their bottles by drawing on patterns them and adding paint as well.


Who is hungry? Potter Class have been creating their textile pizzas today. First step, paint the base. Secondly, cut the topping templates. Finally, Sew them on! Amazing progress!


Elmer class were very grateful for a parent donation of a sunflower planting kit. The children loved finding their own seed in the old sunflower head and then planting it to start the life cycle all over again.


Beautifully presented and informative knowledge organisers from Dr Seuss class!


Year 3 took part in the National Day of Reflection by creating sun catchers to symbolise their positive thoughts for the future.


Year six exploring self esteem and sharing ways to boost self esteem


To complete our Empiribox unit on sound, Dr Seuss class have been challenged to create ear defenders. Which material will work best?!


Success for Dr Seuss class in the School Games Virtual Basketball Skills Competition! Well done Team Dr Seuss!


Budding website designers in Dahl class are enjoying creating their own webpages on esafety!


Well Done Kerr on your Success in the virtual sports events


All sorts of play by Kerr Class


Well Done Team KS2 in your Spring Term Virtual Sport Events 🏆 Year 4 Basketball 1st🥈Year 5 Basketball 🥈2nd 🏀, Personal Fitness Year 4 Girls and Boys 3rd 🥉🏃‍♀️🏃, Multi Skills Year 3 2nd 🥈and Year 4 2nd 🥈🎾Thank you to for organising


3 weeks ago Pati set herself the challenge to be able to read this book. She showed resilience to keep going when things were a little tricky but by reading everyday she got there!


We have been experimenting with drawing in Dahl class; blind art, continuous line drawing and opposite hand drawings. We had a chuckle along the way when we compared our results and saw how tricky it was to do!


Kerr Class continue to learn about Gustavo Klimt. Stay tuned to see what we do with these bottles


Y6 celebrated the National Day of Reflection today with a discussion about all the positive changes lockdown has created in our lives and the sense that we don’t wanting to return to normal but to a better place. They used poetry as a vehicle for expressing themselves.


Dr Seuss class love sharing and celebrating their writing. A great opportunity to edit as well... we call it corridor conferencing!


Year six designers present their ear defenders and reflect on how their designs evolved whilst making them and how they would improve them further if they designed them again.


More super Shakespeare cyclists competing level 1 if their cycle training.


Elmer are continuing our work inspired by Cathy Miles


On , Potter Class have been refining their presentation skills to present information about a chosen animal or an interest to the class. We talked about making it exciting for the audience and how to find the most relevant information.


Elmer love learning the names of the continents using this song


Elmer class enjoyed starting off their Easter assembly with some fun with chocolate. We learned about this religious festival and why it is celebrated by Christians


Year six cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited!


Year six designers designing, creating and evaluating ear defenders as a grand finale to our science sound topic.


As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood.


As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood.


Kerr class discussing how different animals behave to understand how people behave in different ways.


What a gorgeous afternoon for a spot of tennis! It was great to see Potter Class practising their tactics and putting our skills into a game-like situation.


Super stitching in Potter Class as we practised our running stitch today - lots of resilience and celebrating success!


Elmer have started their sculptures inspired by the work of Cathy Miles


Kerr Classing using their knowledge of persuasion to persuade each other . We have taken inspiration for Red Rectangles and Green lizards by to help stimulate our discussion.


In Dahl class we are very engaged with our take one book ‘Boy in the Tower’ here we have drawn and described scientifically and poetically what we think the bluchers look like.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-2021

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020

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 236
Total number of pupils 10
Total amount of PPG received £19,912


  • 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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