Pupil Premium at Castle View Academy

Pupil Premium at Castle View Academy 

2018 – 2019

In September 2011, the Government introduced a new factor into funding for schools – the Pupil Premium.


Additional funding is provided to schools in order to support students with their learning and provide free school meals for children of parents/ carers who receive any of the following benefits (information taken from the DfE website):

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit

If you meet any of the above criteria, you can help make this additional funding available to the school to be able to support your child further by applying online at https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/schools-learning-and-childcare/schools/school-meals. Your child will then automatically qualify for free meals in school.


In 2018-19 the school was allocated £319,965 through pupil premium funding. This funding supports 215 students, 40.2% of the current cohort.

Click here to view the summary information for 2018-2019.


How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

At Castle View Academy, students eligible for the Pupil Premium are identified and tracked as a discrete group. Students’ progress is assessed, monitored and analysed at regular data collection points throughout the year. Heads of Departments work within each subject area to identify students who are at risk of falling behind and ensure support is put in place. Alongside this, our pastoral team and Heads of Year meet bi-weekly to discuss pupils’ attainment and a focus on PP is built into those meetings. In addition to this, attendance and behaviour data are monitored to enable the identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

Our strategy will be reviewed annually by the Senior Leadership Team and in consultation with governors.

Click here to see the impact of Pupil Premium spending for 2017 – 2018. 

Click here to view the impact of Pupil Premium spending for 2018-2019.

Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

In January 2013, the government launched a new initiative to provide additional funding to schools for each 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 schools to deliver additional support for students who need it most.

2017 – 2018

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up premium funding for the previous academic year (September 2017 – August 2018) was £7000. The catch up funding was targeted at 32 Year 7 students who arrived with a scaled score below 100 English and Maths. 

The school used this allocation for the following strategies:

Activity (including approximate spend) Aim Evidence of Impact
Nurture group created in English, with specialised reading lessons and a differentiated curriculum. To provide small group support to accelerate the progress of identified students in English.

Accelerated reader and Lexia programmes being used to improve reading - Lexia targeted students. Reading pens in place for PP students with low reading ages. Reading data from AR suggests 85% students have made progress with their reading ages. However, a number of students still have reading ages below their chronological reading age based on AR Star test data. 
Nurture group created in Maths, with a differentiated curriculum. To provide small group support to accelerate the progress of identified students in Maths. One nurture group created in Year 7 and evidence based from entry point to progress point 2 suggests that PP students are out-performing non-PP students in this class. 


2018 – 2019
The estimated amount of funding for 2018 - 2019 will be £5000. We plan to spend this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Additional Maths and English intervention lessons to target individual students;
  • Step Up to English reading programme;
  • In-class support for literacy and numeracy, with extra TA time allocation to support students in English and Mathematics lessons;
  • Increased Lexia provision (During tutor time).

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