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Year 6 enjoyed using their inference and exploratory talk today as they began a new unit of English based on The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Some great ideas created from the images.


Taste it Tuesday at Ace club. We made delicious Chocolate decorated apples. Yummy!


Fab Lab Thursday at Ace club. We made balloon rockets. The children had so much fun with these. They really took flight!


Make it Monday at Ace club last week. The children used different materials to create a collage. There were some fantastic creations!


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* Pyjamarama Day * Our ‘Teacher Bedtime Stories’ will be available to watch each evening at 4pm until 17th May. Tonight is 'Snail and the whale' - we hope you enjoy it!


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* Pyjamarama Day * Our ‘Teacher Bedtime Stories’ will be available to watch each evening at 4pm until 17th May. Tonight is 'The Girls' - we hope you enjoy it!


We had a wonderful day today . Take a look at some of amazing pyjamas and us enjoying some individual reading 📚🤩


We have extremely lucky to have the secondary students supporting our learning today and sharing bedtime stories, the discussions heard between all of our students today have been amazing! 📚🗣


Year 6 have officially finished their SATs week! We cannot praise the children enough for their effort, focus and determination- we are so proud of you all! Well done Year 6 and a big thank you to all of the staff involved with the smooth running of the tests this week 🤩


A final breakfast before the last SATs paper today! Bring it on! A big thank you to everyone involved in making it such a successful week 🎓🤩


A great start to the KS2 assessments with a breakfast all together. The children enjoyed the relaxed start with some lovely breakfast treats.


The finale at last nights Young Voices! A huge thank you to Mr Fothergill for organising this amazing experience for the Year 5 and 6 students. It was an incredible evening, enjoyed by all 🎤👋🏼


Young Voices are on the way home. We are due to arrive at 10.40pm. We will update with any further information if this changes.


What an amazing evening we are all having 🎶🗣🎵👍🏻🤩


New ETA back at Samuel Ryder for 20:10pm


York Class’ ETA back at Samuel Ryder is 19:55pm. Unless anything changes we will see you then!


Those coming to see Young Voices this evening- we are located in the top right corner, if you are looking at the stage!


With the KS2 assessments taking place next week, the children were excited to receive a little treat from Miss Bacon and Miss Reed. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and wish them good luck for next week.


York Class have had a blast the final photo before dinner. The children have had an incredible time and have made us proud ⛵️🌅


For those collecting children from Young Voices after the performance. We are coach number 88 which is parked at sight 1B- see pictures!


We have made it! Bring on the rehearsals! 🎶🎼🎵


And Year 5 and 6 Young Voices trip are on their way to the O2! All very excited and cannot wait for the performance this evening 🎶🎵🎼


Team 2 taking part in some archery 🏹🎯


Some wonderful team work happening from York Class in the team building activities 👏


Take 2 ☕️🍴


Ready for day 2 just having a lovely breakfast!


A beautiful night walk for us this evening and some yummy hot chocolate and cake when we got back. Who doesn’t love a class selfie 🌅⛵️☕️❤️


Seriously lucky with the sun! The children are having the best time 😄


Learning lots of new skills ☀️


The children are hitting the water for some sailing ⛵️


Having a tour of the vessel! ⛴☀️


York Class have arrived! Let the activities commence! ⛴ ☀️


York Class are finally off on there trip to Fellowship Afloat! The excitement is in full swing! The children have come up with there own hashtag for the trip ⛴ 😄


Year 5 came second in the football tournament yesterday afternoon- taking them through to the next round on Saturday morning! Well done boys ⚽️🏆


A wet and soggy end to a wonderful few days away with Bath Class! We are on our way home ☔️☔️🚌


I’m so sorry this didn’t send earlier- I had some network errors!!


Bath Class are all packed up and on their way home. 😥 Our ETA at school is 7:55pm. I’ll update Twitter if this is due to change.🚌 The class have been incredible these last few days and have really impressed me with their positive attitudes, manners and team work. ❤️

Pupil Premium


The government introduced Pupil Premium funding in April 2011 with the aim of narrowing 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 these cohort of students and their wealthier peers.

Pupil Premium strategy statement 2021-2022

Principles at Samuel Ryder Academy

  • We ensure that learning and teaching opportunities meet the needs of all pupils
  • We ensure that the needs of all of learners are carefully monitored and 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 Provision

All pupil premium students have access to:

  • High quality teaching in the classroom
  • Support from a Form Tutor, Head of Year, Key Stage Lead and Student Services Manager
  • Support in accessing extra – curricular activities which require extra support and funding
  • A number of targeted intervention programmes

Pupil Premium 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:

  • LSA support received in class
  • Small intervention group work or 1 to 1 sessions within Inclusion
  • Participation in the social skills group
  • Small classes in core subjects
  • Access arrangements
  • Support from external agencies (counselling, targeted youth services, TAF, Links support and outreach work etc.)
  • Attendance at clubs; sports and music etc.
  • School trips
  • A number of targeted interventions
  • Free revision guides
  • Cooking ingredients
  • Free material for Art and Design and Technology lessons
  • Participation in the G&T enrichment days
  • Help with transport costs

Provision targeted at year groups or across year groups

The following provision is in place to support the barriers that some of the children and young people face. The type of the intervention is dependent on the primary need of the students that is identified using standardised profiling assessments. The students are baselined at the start of each intervention programme and the impact on the completion is measured through specific assessment tools.

Basic School Equipment / ICT Equipment

  • Pupil Premium students receive IPads at a reduced rate

GCSE English and Maths revision days Year 11

  • The days are staffed and organised by staff at Samuel Ryder Academy

Revision Materials and Equipment

  • All year 9, 10 and 11 Pupil Premium students are given revision materials free of charge or at a reduced rate
  • Summer revision packs for these students to support their learning
  • Mathematics packs provided
  • Relevant pieces of subject specific equipment provided 

Support for End of Year School Events

  • Pupil Premium funds are used to enable these students to take part in the community celebration events at Samuel Ryder Academy, for example attending the school prom and various trips and other events

Support for School Trips

  • Trips at a reduced rate for all disadvantaged students

Music Lessons

  • Music lessons, exam costs and sheet music are offered free for this group of students who wish to participate
  • One to one music lessons at a reduced rate

Learning Support Assistant’s (LSA’s) in Class

  • Many disadvantaged students benefit from LSA support in the classroom to ensure they participate fully in lessons and supported to access the concepts covered in the lessons
  • Joint planning by the LSAs and teachers- identified LSAs attached to individual faculties
  • Delivery of targeted intervention by identified LSAs


  • Students have access to a range of mentors in school: the mentor is a member of staff that the CYP has a positive relationship with

Food Ingredients

  • The ingredients are purchased for disadvantaged students who take part in hospitality lessons

Targeted support

Cognitive interventions

  • Talking Partners - a targeted intervention to support the communication skills of students
  • One to One reading / spelling / handwriting / numeracy
  • Small group lessons in the Learning Zone
  • The impact of all interventions are measured using specific psychometric assessments and further actions are identified

Access to enrichment days for the more able G&T PP students

  • Gifted and talented and more able students in all year groups are given the opportunity to take part in enrichment days / trips

Behaviour for learning

  • Like Skills group in year 7and 8 to support the social and emotional aspects of learning
  • Nurture Group in Primary to support social skills

Mastering memory and fine motor skills

  • Students who have difficulties with working memory or fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programme

Learning portraits

  • Through setting up the Learning Portraits all members of staff acquire an in depth understanding of the CYP and the strategies to support them- these portraits are child cantered and allows CYP to voice their concerns and how they what they would like the support to look like

Emotional support

  • Counselling
  • Brief Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Roots and Fruits
  • Anxiety Mapping
  • Family worker to support the family

Library materials for the most able and to support struggling readers

  • In year 7 and 8 the library has purchased additional materials to enable those struggling with or reluctant to read, engage more fully
  • Age appropriate books are available for all group of CYP

Transportation costs

  • Transport costs are covered to allow some Disadvantaged students and their parents / guardians to travel to and from school for evening meetings such as Parent’s Evening, Residential Trip ,Options Meeting or to help with visits to Universities etc

Data analysis

  • Regular analysis of data by the Head of Inclusion, all Heads of Faculties and Heads of Years to track, monitor and identify underachievement and implement necessary intervention
  • Regular meetings to discuss provision and support


  • 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 students in Key Stage 4
  • Partnership with Links academy
  • Support from EP
  • Close liaison with family support workers
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