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Inspiring and informative mental health session in Year Six learning more about mental health with Emma, a profession lead occupational therapist (and Harpenden Academy parent).


What an inspirational gospel choir workshop! We can’t wait for our performance later, parents welcome at 2.30pm


Exciting day two of wellbeing week in year six with a guest chef demo linked to spices and how to jazz up any meal. The children were mesmerised thank you Patti.


Awesome first ever performance at Harpenden district sports. Excellent positivity, determination and support for each other and other schools. Special thanks to Miss Harvey for making it happen!


Looking forward to the gospel singing workshops tmw to celebrate our wellbeing week. Remember parents you are welcome to join us!


Arrrr...pirates have taken over year 4 and their Maths learning! Today we had an exciting workshop in which the children had to bury their hidden treasure and learn all about to co-ordinates to find it! So proud of our most 'fearless learner' being awarded a certificate too!


Year Six smoothie making as part of Wellbeing week. The children selected the fruits they wanted to use and researched their nutritional value before making and tasting their smoothies.


More Year Six bike ride photos.


Year Six have kicked off Wellbeing Week with a fantastic bike ride around Rothamsted and along the Nicky Line. We’ve nailed the Five Ways to Wellbeing already: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice.


Playtime - so wonderful to see our school councillors from year one to year six playing so collaboratively together.


Fascinating tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords - we’ve learnt so much and our school councillors have been brilliantly engaged and curious!


Quick cultural stop at the Tate Modern and a beautiful walk along the Thames. Now queuing for security at the Houses of Parliament...


School council trip to Houses of Parliament - first stop the beach!


Year Six preparing and leading Family Group sessions this week on British Values, including democratic votes on which song to have a dance break to!


Year Six PE on the Common yesterday - preparing for Our first ever participation in Kwik Cricket and District Sports


Year six receiving peeling and chopping top tips from Steve our school chef as part of their Young Chefs project.


Y4 are enjoying an engaging workshop delivered by Transport for London and paid for by FOHA. We have been learning about transport with a focus on travelling on the Thames. Today we have become engineers designing our own prototype for a new boat.


World School games ready at Oakland’s College. Thank you Miss Harvey for organising the day for us


Fire Drill Harpenden Academy style! Waiting for the all clear to go back into the building and therefore time for a whole school sing song


A huge thank you to the very wonderful Mrs Duncan who has loved the children like her own all week- playing, laughing, chatting, hugging, coaching, supporting, encouraging and hot chocolate making. Our Shakespeare Dream Team would not be complete without you THANK YOU!


On our way home! Tom just said ‘this week was all about kids versus mud!’ Well we definitely nailed the mud, the relentless rain and the cold! Full of love and pride and awe for these wonderful children who have role modelled our HA values and their own uniqueness every minute x


Obstacle course part two


Final session of obstacle course: Seb leads the way on the obstacle course! Amazing teamwork throughout the entire course.


Final breakfast part two (forgot to add earlier!)


We have laughed and laughed all week - so much humour, fun and playfulness from children and teachers alike!


Final activities taking place before lunch and departure. Fencing fun.


Blind trail fun - still not bored of the mud!


Final volleyball shots


Today we learnt the basic strategies of volleyball, which included the diamond hand shape, known as (set) and serving techniques.


Volleyball fun


Momentary blue sky!


Last breakfast part two


Last breakfast! Mixed emotions this morning - not wanting such a fantastic week to end but all very much looking forward to seeing our families and our own beds!


A lovely game of football last night as we finally had a break from the rain.


Blind trail fun - putting lots of trust in each other


Initiative exercises - definitely stretched our brains!


Fencing this evening: learning th basics of movement and attack using thrust and lunge moves.


More adventurous cavers


Caving included lots of interesting facts about mining in the early 1900’s: children sent as young as 4 yr olds into the caves to mine valuable gems; pasties eaten and crusts thrown to ground to avoid consuming poisonous substances; edible candles made out of pigs wax.

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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