Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced by the government in April 2011.  It is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income families and other disadvantaged families and their peers. 
The Pupil Premium is primarily aimed at pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals. This category now includes any child who has been registered for free school meals (or have been at any time in the last six years FSM+6), looked after children (CIC) and those from families with parents in the armed forces.  Nationally, these students achieve at a level significantly below those not entitled to the premium on all key indicators.  Isca Academy aims to provide eligible students with additional support they may require in order to achieve success and the best possible life chances.
Details about how we spend our Pupil Premium allocation and the benefits this has brought to our students are contained in the document downloadable below. For any further information about this please contact Assistant Headteacher Sue Fielder on the main Isca Academy number.

Pupil Premium Statement 
Pupil Premium Impact and Expenditure 

Success for all

Isca Academy has the success of every child at heart.  This means that we accept nothing less than the best and we fully support every student to ensure they fulfil their potential.
At Isca Academy students of all abilities progress at a higher rate than most schools in the country with one in four students leaving the college with 10 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C.  Every student is given personal targets based upon their initial level and then supported at every stage of their development along the road to success.  Finding that delicate balance between challenging and assisting students is a key factor in our success.
We are aware that success cannot be measured in exam results alone and that the personal development of every student is crucial to their future path in life.  Changing children's life chances and opening doors for their future is what we do.

Children in Care
Children In Care (CIC) are supported through a Personal Education Plan where individual needs are assessed. A key person is allocated to provide support to the student and funding is available that can be used for fun activities, mentoring or educational activities.
We regularly refer to outside agencies such as Young Carers, liaise closely with carers and social care and run a monthly drop in for vulnerable pupils.
A fund is available to provide our children in care with additional tutoring that can help them achieve their potential, giving them valuable one to one input and encouraging positive outcomes academically.
We make the most of all available opportunities for our CIC to experience respite through positive activities including CHICKS holidays and specialist Arts Council interventions.
All staff working with CIC ensure that they are providing the best support by reviewing their practice and attending support networks such as the Devon CIC Designated Teachers group.

Ethnic Minority Achievement
The Ethnic Minority Achievement team have a number of mechanisms to ensure that Isca’s ethnic minority students achieve their best and are happy.
We offer bespoke, curriculum-focused intervention and one-to-one tuition for students with English as Additional Language (EAL). There is also the option of mother language academic support with Exeter University Global Touch Programme volunteers.  Additional pastoral support is avilable to ethnic minority students and their parents as needed. 
We are committed to dealing with cultural conflicts and racist incidentsand we would stress that these occur extremely rarely at Isca. 
There is a wealth of guidance and training to staff on provisions for ethnic minority pupils.Several of our students are trained as ‘cultural champions’ to promote positive ethnic diversity in school, partner schools and the wider community.
There are also specifically relevant enrichment opportunities for ethnic minority students, such as International Mother Language Day at Exeter University.

Gifted and Talented

At Isca Academy we identify and support both Able and Lead learners.  An Able Learner exceeds expectations in their grasp and understanding of the subject taught. A Lead Learner shows exceptional ‘Learning to Learn’ skills, enthusiasm and dedication in the classroom.
We wish all children to reach their full potential and to consider their time at our school to be one of challenge, opportunity, achievement and enjoyment. Therefore we will help our children to develop their personalities, skills and abilities intellectually and socially to their full potential. Provide teaching, which makes learning challenging and enjoyable and allows all students to succeed personally and academically.
Students are identified through subject teacher and tutor referral, whole school assessments and parental nomination. Isca Academy will respond to any parental nomination and welcome any background, knowledge or evidence of a student’s work done at home if appropriate. This information will be cross referenced to performance data. Pupils’ exceptional abilities are recorded on a whole school system and their able status is highlighted in every register of every lesson to support differentiation.
All students should aspire to make at least four levels of progress from Year 7 to 11. In many cases, “Able” students may exceed these expectations and it is the role of the classroom teacher in every lesson to ensure that said students are provided for in accordance with the principle of ‘stage not age’. The most able students are motivated and provided with learning opportunities to go beyond the level of attainment expected of other students in their age group. Every classroom teacher is responsible for enabling “Able” students to experience a broader curriculum and deeper learning experience.
The extra-curricular programme at Isca is exceptional  and a fantastic opportunity for Able and Lead Learners to stretch their potential and share their enthusiasm for learning.

Special Educational Needs

Isca Academy is an inclusive school.  We work hard to remove any barriers to education while retaining high expectations of every pupil.  We ensure that we work with due regard to the 2014 Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, this document can be found by clicking here

The department works with parents and feeder schools to take an individual approach to meeting each pupil’s needs.  Our approach may include internal interventions or engaging outside agencies but will always be personalised to an individual pupil. There are over 900 children in our school, all of whom are unique.  Our school prides itself on its inclusive approach to education and we are always working to develop what we do.  Well managed change is crucial to remain effective.
We always welcome visits from prospective parents, or parents of students already with us.  You are also welcome to bring someone with you on these visits, if you would like support. Visits can be organised by contacting our SENCO, Jo Carter at

Our Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Policy is downloadable below. Please note that this is reviewed annually by the Governing body and therefore subject to change. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Ali Moxey, Assistant Headteacher.
For further details about accessing support and help for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Devon, please see the Devon SEND  website where full details of the local offer are located.

Care and Support

Students thrive at Isca Academy because they are safe, happy, and supported in their learning. The quality of relationships is second to none with staff committed and focused on the wellbeing of every student - at Isca there are no invisible children! When you visit us you will experience a positive and friendly environment where staff and students work well together.

All students belong to a year based tutor group and each year group has a Head of Year.  The four houses of Apollo, Maia, Minerva and Saturn encourage a sense of pride and belonging, provide a framework for inter school competition and opportunities for positions of responsibility. For example in Key Stage 4 students are House Captains and Sports Captains and in Key Stage 3 they are Junior Leaders. Across the school there are other positions of responsibility available to students such as Lead Learners.

When students feel secure and happy, they are able to challenge themselves, take risks with their learning and advance beyond what they know and understand.

In primary school, Year 6 pupils will have opportunities to come and visit Isca Academy, or be visted by our staff to talk to them about life at Isca.
Mrs Lee is responsible for showing prospective parents and students from all year groups around the college. She is the first point of call for parents and students who are interested in coming to Isca and remains a key support contact for students throughout their time at the school. 

We actively encourage all students who have a problem to speak to Mrs Lee, their form tutor, or head of house in the first instance.  However, some students will need more support to engage successfully with school life and they may be referred to the SEN, or Student Support teams by their head of house.

Counselling Service

Counselling is open to all students who want someone to listen to them and support them through difficulties or changes they are facing. Some may be concerned about their behaviour or how others are behaving towards them.

Counselling can help with a problem that seems small but feels large; difficulties at school or home; relationships, friends, and family; making difficult decisions; coming to terms with unhappy experiences.
It's a chance to talk privately and be listened to.  All conversations are confidential unless there's a risk of harm and a need to involve others, when permission will be asked.

Students can refer themselves, by informing Ms Moore, they can also ask their Head of House or tutor to email a referral.
Our counsellor, Jane Doidge, is BACP accredited.





Catch-Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch-Up premium provides an additional £500 from the Government for every Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics.  The purpose of this funding is to enable Isca Academy to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.
A report is available to show how that funding was spent and the impact that it has.



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