For helping disadvantaged students
achieve good GCSE results
Ark Putney Academy is celebrating winning a £5,000 Pupil Premium Award after the school
was named as one of the top schools in the country for helping disadvantaged students
achieve good GCSE results.
As well as achieving great results, GCSE results rose last year despite a national drop, Ark
Putney is aware that students need more than just academic success in order to achieve their
Pupil Premium funding has allowed Ark Putney Academy to offer additional literacy classes
for students in years 7 to 11 who are behind their expected reading age. After-school
homework and revision sessions are also on offer so students can have extra time with
The funding has allowed trips to top universities, such as Roehampton and Royal Holloway, to
help encourage interest in further educations. Ark Putney Academy also subscribes to
programs such as “Into University” and “Debate Mate” which help develop confidence and
Ark Putney Academy is one of only 140 schools nationwide to be awarded the Pupil Premium
Award, which recognises outstanding use of Pupil Premium funding to raise attainment
among disadvantaged students.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise
the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The
2015 Pupil Premium Awards recognise the schools that do the most to help disadvantaged
pupils. At Ark Putney Academy, 58% of students are eligible for the pupil premium.
The £5,000 award will go towards providing students at Ark Putney Academy with further
educational opportunities and support.
Principal Alison Downey, pictured left, said:
“For us the most important thing is to offer equal opportunities to all our students and to
provide them with the best life chances by breaking down the social and economic barriers to
success. Additional support in the class room, visits from inspirational speakers and engaging
in team building exercises like our Year 10 residential trip next month all contribute to
creating the best environment for success.”
Year 12 student Sophia, who has applied to Roehampton University, said:
“It’s really great to be able to visit universities, once you can picture yourself somewhere it
gives you something to work for.”
February 10, 2015