Oakwood School/Endeavour Academy Bewxley received a total of £37,725 pupil premium for the financial year 2014-2015. We had a total of 56 students on roll, this was based on 36 students.
All students are given access to a free breakfast club every morning before school providing a hot sandwich or cereal along with a drink.
Break and Lunch
During break and lunch we offer subsidised snacks, sandwiches and drinks.
Students attend two vertical tutorial sessions each day and are placed in small family nurture groups to develop a sense of belonging and to offer adult and peer support. Every year we provide training for our KS4 students to support younger students.
A range of academic interventions are in place funded through the Pupil Premium, which benefit a number of students and Looked After Children (LAC). All students have access to a number of literacy and numeracy interventions including a Literacy Co-coordinator and a specialist external tutor working with dyslexic students. Six monthly assessments are carried out to assess progress. There are regular 1:1 sessions in all subjects and there are homework and GCSE coursework clubs held weekly by our teaching team.
All of our students have access to a wide range of KS4 accredited pathways and all students complete their Bronze Arts Award and some complete the silver award.
After school clubs
Students have access to after school clubs and can participate in football club, trampoline club, music club, club de cuisine and bike club.
Students can access peripatetic music lessons and all students have the opportunity to attend a music studio to compose their own CD showing their musical skills. All students have the opportunity to perform or contribute to others’ performances in Expressive Arts.
Year 10 and 11 students attend a residential for team-building/outdoor adventure activities such as cycling, rock climbing and abseiling. KS4 students can complete the young leaders’ course to develop their team building skills and to introduce them to peer mentoring. In year 10 they are trained as peer mentors and they are encouraged to support younger students. A Peer Mentoring Programme, which involved mentor training for students in Years 11 and 10. A Peer Mentoring conference is held each summer term and students take on larger responsibilities running the school for the day.
Individual sessions with two specialist counsellors, are available to all students. This avoids lengthy waits for external referrals and has had a major impact on the stability and success of the students involved.
Gardening and Horticulture
Students are also offered time and space to develop their horticultural skills and to develop their own allotment area.
Health and Well-being
We offer confidential sessions with the school nurse and she runs individual and small group sessions for LAC and/or girls in puberty and Sex and Relationship Education.
Some children on Pupil Premium have received free uniform as required.
Social language Support
In Key stage 3 students complete a social language programme to support them with their language and communication difficulties and to help them understand non-verbal cues and appropriate behavioural responses to a range of situations.
Helping children on the Autistic Spectrum to achieve
Students on the Autistic Spectrum are supported with sessions from a dedicated Teaching Assistant and where necessary, sessions with a Specialist teacher. Oakwood School offers autistic children 1:1 individual sessions with an AS Mentor. The team identifies and monitors students with potential autistic spectrum profile, and where necessary they will be referred for assessment with the paediatric team.
We offer a wide range of attendance, academic and behavioural reward schemes, and as and when necessary, individualised timetables are instigated to target students’ needs and aspirations. This can include 1:1 curriculum support and/or literacy and numeracy lessons and learning mentoring, Kick Start motor bike project, construction, UTurn, Breakthrough, CAFC courses in addition to individualised mentoring, work experience and taster courses at Bexley College.
Additional Support in Exams
All students are assessed by an educational psychologist for the need for exam dispensation and if necessary, they are provided with trained readers and scribes throughout their exams.
All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting activities from swimming, horse riding, skating, skiing or snowboarding, trampolining, iceskating and golf and bowling. In school, students are encouraged to play and participate in team sports and to compete against other schools in football and basketball. KS3 students also have a Karate option.
Parents’ network groups
We hold monthly parent network support groups for parents of young people on the Autistic Spectrum. This offers parents the opportunity to talk and support each other. This group is led by 2 staff employees who are dedicated AS support staff. In addition to this we run a monthly network meeting for parents of all students. This group is facilitated by our Home School Liaison Officer and parents are welcomed into the school and have the opportunity to talk, share and support each other.
We also provide dedicated speakers, examples of whom are Pascalle Berthelle who runs an ESafety workshop, Kate Grubb who provides benefits information and advice and Martin Yates from CAMHS.
We have developed the online reading package Accelerated Reader. Training staff to manage this and to work with students to develop and strengthen their reading. Accelerated Reader helps students to develop their reading skills and provides additional challenge to develop vocabulary growth and literacy skills.
We have also purchased a mathematics package which monitors student progress and offers a personalised program for each student.
Regular school tracking and analyses by subject leaders SLT and governors.
- Attainment data
- Attendance data
- Parental questionnaires
|Resource||Cost||Start Date||Intended Outcomes||Impact|
|Counselling||£4,000||In place||Enable students to access support to improve their well-being and help them to be ready for learning||Students and parents report improvement in concentrating and functioning in lessons|
|Attendance Assistance||£7,000||In place||Improve attendance Follow up on attendance issues|
|Breakfast Club||£4,000||In place||Ensure children have a positive start to their day All students have eaten and able to learn||Improved attendance Improved behaviour for learning|
|Break and Lunch Tuck||£1,500||In place||Healthy option snacks and drinks||Improved behaviour children have access to healthy snack and drink|
|Attendance initiatives||£2,000||In place||Encourage improved attendance|
|Accelerated Reader||£1,500||In place||Raise reading age and develop reading skills||Students make expected or better progress in English|
|Accelerated maths||£1,000||In place||Identify mathematical deficits and provide diagnostic support.||Students make expected or better progress in maths|
|After School Clubs||£800||In place||Homework club offers an opportunity to complete work with support Other clubs opportunity to socialise and develop leisure interests||High attendance at clubs|
|Learning Mentor||£6,500||In place||Individual support for learning and social communication||Improved attendance in lessons|
|1:1 tuition – external tutor||£900||In place||Support for students with SpLD||Students making expected or better progress|
|Student Voice||£500||In place||To support initiatives suggested by school council||Reward trips School uniform ideas|
|Peer Mentoring||£200||In place||To raise pupils self-esteem, confidence and engagement||Decrease in behavioural exits from tutor time|
|Residential||£2,000||In place||To raise pupils self-esteem, confidence and engagement||All KS4 students attend residential for some or all of the week|
|Gardening Horticulture||£1,000||In place||Opportunity to develop horticultural skills and to have time to reflect|
|Peripatetic music teachers||£4,000||In place||Learn a musical instrument||Students perform at assembly carol concert and end of year celebration|
|School Uniform||£200||Ad hoc||Be part of the school ethos and culture||Students look the same so that nobody can identify students experiencing financial difficulties with uniform|
|Parent Network Groups||£250||Parents supported||Improved parental engagement|