Pupil Premium

Noadswood prides itself on being a caring and inclusive community in which students can thrive and develop, regardless of who they are, where they're from or what their abilities are. 

We want all of our students to make excellent progress, both in their studies and their academic attainment but also in their much wider and broader development. 

With this in mind then, we want to ensure that all students are provided with:

  • A culture that supports their emotional well-being 
  • Mutual respect in a happy and safe community 
  • Outstanding teachers and staff who support and enable academic success
  • Opportunities to follow their passions, whatever they may be, through a wide range of extracurricular opportunities 

Noadswood wants to make sure that the funding we receive is used to support our most vulnerable students whilst at the same time, ensuring high quality provision for all. 

We want all our students to feel safe and happy coming to school and want Noadswood to be a place that students want to attend. We know that attendance can be a major barrier to well-being, progress and outcomes. We are committed then, to working closely with our attendance officer and pastoral team to break down these barriers. We will use the funding to support students' attendance, being creative and innovative in how the funding available can be used to make Noadswood the place that students need it to be. 

We want to make sure that our curriculum and the teaching and learning that takes place within the classroom, meets the needs of all of our students and ensures that additional support is put in place for those who need it most. 

We also use the funding to support a wider range of strategies that you can see outlined in our statement below. You will note that some of the funding is used not solely for those identified as Pupil Premium but for any students who may be facing other disadvantages and need additional support, such as support with their emotional health and well-being for example. 

Should you wish to discuss anything at regarding our pupil premium funding or your child's entitlement, please contact our Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Helen Loveday. 

Pupil premium strategy statement: Noadswood 2021 - 2022

The Pupil Premium Strategy Statement can be found via the link below (click here) which also includes information about our Covid catch-up premium


Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Pupil Premium: 2019 – 2020

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Pupil Premium Grant was allocated to school by the DFE. Both maintained schools and academies are able to spend the grant for the educational benefit for pupils registered at that school or on community facilities, for example services where the provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the school’s locality.

In 2019 – 2020, the grant received to Noadswood totalled £9,068.00

We have used the grant in a number of ways including:

Year 7 Homework club:

A daily homework club running from Monday – Thursday, staffed by Year 10 pupils and overseen by Noadswood staff.

A Home/school spelling programme:

A weekly teacher led spelling programme which works on overcoming barriers to spelling success. Identified staff work with individual students on a home/school spelling programme.

Catch up literacy programme:

A 3 x a week literacy programme run during tutor time by identified Learning Support Assistants. Students attend these sessions completing reading and comprehension programmes/activities.

Toe to Toe phonics programme:

A 4 x a week phonics programme to improve reading and literacy accuracy.

Peer reading programme:

Delivered and run by our Learning Support team and helped by our Year 10 and 11 prefects, the peer reading programme provides books and other materials for the weekly peer reading sessions.

Spelling workshops:

A 3 weekly tutor time programme delivered by our Learning Support team. Using the Visual Spelling Programme, students attend sessions designed to improve their spelling ages.

Wave 3 interventions

Whilst in Year 7, some students have additional time to develop their literacy skills. This means they spend slightly less time in their Language lessons. These sessions are delivered by our specialist Learning Support Assistant and take place for two intensive sessions a week.

Transition programmes

We have a close working relationship with our feeder primary schools and work collaboratively with them on a number of projects throughout each transition year. This includes visits to each primary school by our dedicated transition lead, STEM and themed literacy activities hosted by Noadswood. This year, 2019 – 2020, we also worked collaboratively with our cluster secondary schools to run a virtual inspirational event with guest speaker, mountaineer Mollie Hughes.

Due to the National lockdown, some of these activities were impacted, however all year 7 students were contacted weekly during the lockdown period with students and parents/carers provided with additional virtual advice and support where needed. Our VLE was also updated weekly with additional literacy materials.