During the period April 2011 to March 2012, Harris Academy Merton received a total of £116,144 in Pupil Premium direct grant. For the period April 2012 to March 2013 the sum of £ 189,250 is expected. In the academic year 2011/2012 the percentage of students receiving Free School Meals was 27%. This figure has risen to 37.2% for 2012/13 with the introduction of the Ever 6 calculation.
Allocation of Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium grant is used to enhance students learning and to assist financially when required.
Students not making expected target grade levels in English and maths, along with those who have below average grades on joining the Academy are given targeted support on a regular basis. We also run a literacy breakfast club, where breakfast is provided along with the targeted support.. Both of these initiatives have proved to be extremely successful in raising students achievements and attainment.
In Year 7 & 8 we provide an additional English group, for the lower ability students in each band.
All parents who apply and are entitled to FSM for their child(ren) are given an annual £70 uniform grant for each child attending the Academy.
We run a very full and wide-ranging Enrichment Programme, of which every student is expected to attend at least one session per week. Many students attend several sessions as it has proved to be extremely popular.
The Academy runs many day and residential trips and financial help is given to those students, who are entitled to FSM and who have been targeted as attending the trips. Most trips are curriculum related and those which take place in KS4 are a necessary part of the courses the students are studying. We also run a termly rewards trips for the best performing students in relation to attendance, punctuality and credits received.
Students are rewarded with a payment of £ 10 directly into their own bank accounts for achieving a Principals Commendation.
Student jobs are advertised, interviews undertaken and the successful applicants are rewarded with additional payments onto their cashless catering accounts
Impact of Pupil Premium
In June 2011 the % of FSM students achieving 5 A* to C grades inc English and maths was 60%, this far exceeded the national average of 35%. In June 2012 FSM students achieved 57.1%, at this early stage the national average is not yet known.