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Our primary students had great fun in the tag rugby tournament! Some amazing play✨


A fantastic effort! Well done to our Year 6 girls! 👏🏻🌟🏅


Miss Wallace has created this fabulous book recommendation display in the library in celebration of Black History Month. Why don’t you try some of these suggestions and enjoy some of these amazing stories!


Year 1 and 2 Eco Club created some fantastic bug hotels today. They wanted to provide a safe environment for the insects they have been learning about.


Some fantastic netball on display from Year 6 in their house games event today. Well done to everyone and thank you to some of our Year 7 students for supporting and umpiring.


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We are looking forward to launching our new lunch menu this month, with lots of exciting new ideas. Our first theme day is next week on Thursday 7th October and primary students will have the lunch option of making their own pizza and ice cream - yum yum!


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Our primary X country squad ready for their races this evening✨


Year 6 took their maths learning outside to solve different reasoning challenges. These were linked to their WW2 learning and were developing their higher order thinking skills as part of their drive to be great scholars.


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It’s been 2 years since our last Christmas Fair and we are really excited to bring it back this year !! Let’s make it our best one yet !!


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We have a Bags2school collection on 22/9/21 - a letter will be sent out via EduLink with details


KS2 were invited to be Language Ambassadors today. They watched a presentation from Mrs Schenk and we are excited to see the hard work that will be on display in language learning this year and beyond.


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We would love to offer a diverse range of books for students. Can you help us to purchase some and build our library in the dept? Use to purchase straight from the fantastic and your donation will help build our collection


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Children taking part in the can read ANY 6 library books! Fiction, short stories, information books, picture books, comic books, and eBooks & eAudiobooks!


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A very special message from our Year 6 students as they celebrate their last year as primary students. ⛵️🦞🌊 Please click the link to view


Year 6 had a wonderful celebration today. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a memorable last day in primary school.


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On your marks get set go! Our Primary sports day is underway and we're having a blast...🏅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️⭐


Thank you to for providing the children and staff with ice pops after a fantastic sports day.


Oxford Class were also developing their oracy and reasoning skills. They were working together to explain and prove different statements related to fluency facts and geometry. A lot of useful discussion.


Cambridge Class were reading their oracle bones this morning. Using their history learning, they developed their oracy skills to share their readings to display wonderful cross curricular learning.


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Mrs Rudd's Year 5 art class have been creating some stylish product designs based on their Grand Canyon project


These are just a handful of our dragons. .


Year 6 have had a D&T filled morning. They have been using their Shang Dynasty inspired designs to create their own dragon puppets. We can’t wait to share these with you.


A few more highlights from last weeks Egyptian Day in Y4! As you can see some incredible costumes! 🇪🇹⚱️🐈‍⬛


Year 1 are very excited to tell us about the match tonight!


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Our primary year group bubbles are enjoying a magical performance of Beauty and the Beast today, performed by our Year 6 students 🌹 📔


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Our Year 4 students have loved dressing up as Egyptians today and enjoyed bartering at the busy market stalls - don't you sphinx they look amazing?


You can’t ‘beetle’ this!


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Our year 7 pupils coaching our year 3’s in athletics club this morning✨ Great work girls!


Thank you to and for all your hard work with the children. They are having a great time!


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The school hall is ahum with the most glorious sounds as our Year 6 students rehearse for a very special production. We can't wait for you to 'be our guest!' In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of them hard at work... 🌹📖🎭🕯️


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It's puzzle of the week! This week we are releasing only the primary puzzle - our secondary students are working hard and keeping focused with end of year exams.


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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's our Year 1 students looking absolutely fabulous on superhero dress up day - but are they ready to take on the challenge of exploring fantasy stories? You bet they are! 🌟🦸🦹‍♀️💫


We also took this opportunity to focus on oracy. The children could explain their games, listen carefully and communicate effectively. They showed a great collaboration of ideas and enjoyed this project a lot!


More games from Year 6. Aren’t they brilliant?


Take a look at some of the fantastic games created by Year 6. In groups, they designed, constructed and evaluated their games. In addition to this, they produced rules so others can play them.


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you can now book a place at our next EVENT - Connecting creativity and technology in the classroom. 🗓️ 21st June 2021, 3:45pm-5:45pm Sign up for free:


To end the half term, three members of Y6 organised a year group Zumba session. It was carefully planned and everyone had a great time!


More entries from Year 5 showing off their extreme reading! 📖📚👍🏻


Y6 took on the challenge of performing ‘The cat in the hat’ by Dr. Seuss. They collaborated to learn parts of the story off by heart and created their own actions to accompany these. With the sun shining,they took their performances outside.


Year 4 have had a wonderful morning playing their own version of snakes and ladders 🐍🪜

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 document 2020-2021


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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