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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.


Taking in the role of curators and asking questions about a range of artefacts from the Charles Dickens collection.


Very excited to start our Charles Dickens workshops and tour of his house decorated for Christmas.


Energising wintery cross country this morning.


Learning to independently follow a recipe to make shortbread today. I loved their use of technical vocabulary whilst cooking. Well done Austen class!


A brilliant live learning for Elmer this morning- taking part in a carousel of spelling strategies!


Kerr Class had a wonderful time getting into the festive spirit of things!


Feeling festive in Potter Class. Christmas Cake making


Year 5 are thoroughly enjoying their clay tile workshop at St Albans Cathedral!


EYFS are incredibly excited about our upcoming nativity and have created some art work (Whoops a Daisy Angel)


Fantastic creative Thursday cookery session baking chocolate chip cookies.


Creative Thursday! Learning about human digestion system.


The children in Austen showed our value of the month 'courage' when trying a new delicious Scottish dish - Haggis (meat and vegetarian options were available). We are learning about great British dishes and this week focused on Scotland in preparation for St. Andrew's Day!


Some traffic on the M25 ETA now 4.15pm for Austen and Kerr


Austen and Kerr class have had a fabulous day! We are now on the coach on our way back. Due back about 4pm. Will keep Twitter updated.


Look who we found on the path!


What amazing animals and plants we have been lucky to see!


We are really enjoying our tour on how plants and animals have adapted to the rainforest habitat!


Harpenden Academy have invaded the Rainforest!


Austen and Kerr class are on the way to the Living Rainforest! We are due to arrive at 10.30am 🐒🦎🌴


Outdoor mindful listening at the start of our nature walk.


Year six and year three nature walk- finding and observing plants and mini beasts in our local habitat.


Austen class have been enjoying making (and eating) Welsh Rarebit this week as part of our learning about great British dishes. The children rated it a 9/10, yum yum!


Austen loved their nature walk this morning! We were learning about plants and animals in the local habitat as part of our Science topic.


Beautiful frosty cross country run this morning


Who can guess the great British dish we are making in Austen class today?


Smarties science


Harry Potter inspired science.

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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