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Orchard Primary Academy

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
Orchard has a higher than average number of children eligible for Pupil Premium. For the 2023-24 academic year, 68% of pupils at Orchard are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant.The current allocation for the 2023-24 PPG, with recovery premium funding, is £379,191.

At Orchard Primary Academy we develop the whole child through: high expectations; wider-world experiences; delivering a relevant curriculum and by developing local community partnerships. Through our curriculum and ethos, we aim to instil 3 core values, ‘Respect’, ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Aspirational’, in our children that will encourage our children to 'Dream Big and Dare to Fail' in all aspect of their lives. At Orchard we believe that all children can achieve, no matter what their starting point or barrier.

At Orchard we believe in maximising the use of the pupil premium grant (PPG) by utilising a long-term strategy aligned to the Academy Improvement Plan (AIP). This enables us to implement a blend of short, medium and long-term interventions, and align pupil premium use with wider school improvements and improving readiness to learn.

Overcoming barriers to learning is at the heart of our PPG use. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we do not automatically allocate personal budgets per pupil in receipt of the PPG. Instead, we identify the barrier to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.

At Orchard Primary Academy, we believe that Academy leaders and staff should be fully committed to ensuring that those children and their families who are disadvantaged a supported through the following model:

Staff, at Orchard, recognise that many of the children eligible for PPG funding face multiple barriers to learning and that is why leaders work very closely to ensure that all children receive the appropriate support. 

The barriers identified fall broadly into the following categories: Safeguarding concerns and/or plans; Persistent Absence; Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and below age related expectation in two or more core subjects or prime areas (EYFS).

Click here to access our 2023-24 Pupil Premium Strategy


 Measuring the impact of PPG:


Disadvantaged Non-Disadvantaged
% of children achieving GLD 48.5% 64.7%
% of children achieving ELG in Communication & Language 57.6% 64.7%
% of children achieving ELG in Physical Development 69.7% 70.6%
% of children achieving ELG in PSED 72.7% 82.4%


Disadvantaged Non-Disadvantaged
% of children achieving Exp+ in Reading 47.2% 72.2%
% of children achieving Exp+ in Writing 38.9% 72.2%
% of children achieving Exp+ in Maths 47.2% 72.2%


Disadvantaged  Non-Disadvantaged
% of children achieving Exp+ in Reading 48.1% 73.1%
% of children achieving Exp+ in Writing 27.4% 49%
% of children achieving Exp+ in Maths 46.7% 71.2%

Click the link below to access our Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-2023