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More fun at RAF Hendon! //


Y10 enjoying the MBDA Reconnaissance Challenge at RAF Hendon! //


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Wow, well done to Joby (y7) for his superb oil pastel apple drawing this week. We are incredibly impressed with his colour blending, it looks good enough to eat! 🍎 //


As Christmas approaches, we are aware that some of our students may receive online devices so we would like to alert parents to a free BBC App, called ‘Own It’- designed to advise children when online. Please see // //


Time to get your aprons on!🧁🍰🎂 //


Is your New Year's resolution to find a new position? We have a fantastic part time role for a Wraparound Care Manager/Teaching Assistant! See website for more details....// //


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Looking forward to our annual massed primary schools Carol Service tomorrow, and rehearsing the readers today :-)


Coming Up! Tues Y3/4 Service at Cathedral ⛪ Inclusion Coffee Morning☕ School Production Rehearsals🎭 Wed Spanish students arrive🇪🇸 Post 16 Open Morning Girls Rugby🏉 Fri Y10 RAF challenge, Hendon✈️ Sat School Fair🎄


Our latest news is out now! // //


We are so grateful for the equipment we are able to purchase thanks to the PTA! In action - Microscopes! //


Teachers! Don't forget to sign up to this fantastic course next week //


We need your donations for the Christmas Fair!!!! Raffle Prizes, Sweets, Unwanted Gifts, Unused Toiletries, Costume jewellery, Accessories,Stationery, Books, CD's, Bric a Brac, Soft Toys! Our Donation Day is next Friday 6th December! Thank you! //


Teachers! Don't forget to sign up to this fantastic course next week //


Pantomime time in primary this morning. A big thank you to for this amazing treat 🎬🎭 //


Booking is now open for trials for our Post 16 SRA Netball Academy, in association with Saracens Mavericks! //


Make you don't miss out on this weekend's Rugby Trials for our Post 16 SRA Rugby Academy! // //


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5 days to go! 5 Days to go! Make you sign up for this Saturday's football trials for the SRA Football Academy in association with Watford Community Sports and Education Trust! // //


We cannot wait for Wednesday morning in primary, a special pantomime treat provided by our amazing PTA! //


St. Andrews class are showing some fantastic teamwork as they make parachutes for their air-resistance experiment. Later we will be using to measure the total acceleration. The lowest level wins! //


Looking at Post-16 opportunities? Don't miss our Post 16 Open Evening next week! //


Counting down to the SRA Football Academy Trials on Saturday 30th November!! //


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Some great computational thinking in as they attempt to crack a German code. Super lesson from //


Congratulations to the winners of the free netball trials with //


This week! Tues-Production Rehearsals🎭, U14/U15 Rugby v Dame Alice Owens🏉 Weds-U15 v Fullerians, U12/13 v Dame Alice Owens🏉, Y12 Maths Challenge 🔢, Y10 Spanish Info eve🇪🇸 Thurs-World Skills Trip 🌍, Y12 Speak Your Mind,🎤 Friday 22nd -Y12/13 Biology Trip, Y7 Boys Festival


Our latest news is out now! See our latest news here! // //


Not long to go - make sure you attend our Post 16 Information Evening on the 28th November to pre-register and sign up for trials on the 30th November here // //


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Monday Blues? Take a look at our Saving Time and Reducing Workload webinar this evening at 4:20 so that and I can help you beat them. It's free to join and all you need is a device with a web browser and speakers. Video cameras are optional. //


Year 2 had an amazing day on Wednesday, they learnt lots about ‘The Great Fire of London’. Thanks to SRA PTA for contributing to the cost of the day. //


Mighty Netball visited our primary assembly this morning, thanks to Laura and Alice for telling us more about netball. //


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Join us for our first webinar on Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload on Monday 18th November. Webinar goes live at 4:20 for a 4:30 start. To join follow the link: // //


We are delighted to announce the launch of the SRA Football Academy for Post-16 students, in conjunction with Watford Community Sports & Education Trust! ⚽⚽⚽ //


Teachers - don't miss this fantastic workshop 'Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload' on Monday 18th November! //


Coming up this week! Scholastic Book Fair - all week 📚 6th Form Parents Eve - Tues, 4-7pm Y11 Geography Trip - 🗺️ Y2 - Fire of London Trip - 🚌 New Starters Music Concert - Weds 6-7pm 🎶 Y7-9 Futsal Tournament -Thurs ⚽ Y12 Geography Lecture - Thurs - 🎤 Y10 Art Trip Fri


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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding (2018/2019)

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.

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) received:  
Total number of Pupils on roll 851
Total number of pupils 241
Total amount of PPG received £232,000



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

  • 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
  • Participation in paired reading
  • Literacy intervention
  • Free revision guides
  • Cooking ingredients
  • Free material for Art and Design and Technology lessons
  • Participation in the G&T enrichment days
  • Participation in the Cambridge Archaeological trip
  • Help with Transport costs

Transition from primary to secondary

Summer school, extended transition mornings, part funded residential trip

Basic School equipment / ICT equipment

Pupil Premium students receive IPads / IPods 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

All Year 9, 10 and 11 Pupil Premium students are given revision materials free of charge

Summer revision packs for these students to support their learning

Support for end of year school events

Pupil Premium funds are used to enable PP students to take part in the community celebration events of their time at Samuel Ryder Academy, .i.e. attend the school prom, go to Thorpe Park trip and buy the year book

Support for school trips

Trips are offered at a reduced rate for all PP students

Music Lessons

Music lessons, exam costs and sheet music are offered free for any PP student who wishes to participate

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) in class

Many PP 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 and to work independently.  In KS3 and 4 we double staff some core subjects with LSA’s to intensify support

Joint planning by the LSAs and teachers- identified LSAs attached to individual faculties

Small groups in Maths, Science and English

We organise smaller groups in KS3 and also in KS4 for Key subjects which supports the learning of some students


Students have access to a range of mentors in school: one of the Student Service Managers, a nominated member of staff, a member of the Leadership Team or through programmes such as the peer mentoring scheme

Food Ingredients

The ingredients can be purchased for PP students who take part in hospitality lessons.

Targeted to small cohorts within each year group or to individuals:

  • Literacy Interventions
  • Talking Partners - a targeted intervention to support the communication skills of the PP students
  • One to One reading / spelling / handwriting / numeracy intervention
  • Small group lessons in the Learning Zone

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Gifted and Talented PP students in year 9 are offered the opportunity to take part in the Cambridge Archaeological Dig, all expenses provided by the Academy.

Gifted and Talented and more able students in all year groups are given the opportunity to take part in enrichment days / trips.  All funding is provided by the Academy.

Behaviour for Learning

Like Skills group in year 7 and 8 to support the Pupil Premium students with their social and emotional aspects of their learning

Nurture Group in Primary to support the social skills

Seal and Resilience Groups in year 7 and 8 to support the emotional literacy

Mastering Memory and Fine Motor Skills

PP students who have difficulties with their short term working memory or their fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programmes

Learning Portraits

Through setting up the Learning Portraits all members of staff acquire an in depth understanding of the students and strategies to support them in their learning


Some students are supported through the counselling service to help them work through issues which impact on their readiness and capacity for learning

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

Transportation Costs

Transport costs are covered to allow some Pupil Premium 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

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



Intervention Strategies in English

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Intervention strategies in Maths

The Learning Zone also offers small group intensive numeracy sessions. There are also one to one numeracy sessions offered throughout the year to target the specific needs of the learners.  The success of all intervention programmes is measured using the Sutton Trust Tool Kit Criteria as well as teacher assessment and examination results. The Academy offers small group teaching classes in English in year 7. 







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