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.

It is intended that this funding should be targeted towards students receiving free school meals (now or anytime in the past 6 years) and other disadvantaged students (looked after children and children of service families) in order to close the achievement gap and promote inclusion between these groups and their peers locally and nationally.

In 2018-19 the school was allocated £329,120 through pupil premium funding. This funding supports 352 students, 61% of the current cohort.

The school’s analysis of pupil premium students has identified the following concerns:

  • The performance of Year 11 students eligible for PP is lower than other Year 11 pupils;
  • The performance of middle attaining pupils eligible for PP is lower than other Year 11 pupils. This is preventing sustained high achievement through KS4;
  • Reading ages of pupils entering Year 7 are lower for pupils eligible for PP than for other pupils which prevents them from making good progress in Year 7;
  • There are repeat isolations for PP key marginal pupils in Year 11 which reduces curriculum time and has a detrimental impact on outcomes;
  • Attendance rates for key marginal Year 11 pupils eligible for PP are lower than non-PP. This reduces their school hours and causes them to fall behind on average.
  • The school has used the research available (e.g. The EEF Toolkit and Best Practice Guides) to establish a range of strategies to support pupils entitled to the pupil premium.  These strategies include:
  • The introduction of additional ‘support’ lessons for Year 7 pupils in English and Maths with a focus on helping pupils catch up if they have arrived at Castle View Academy below age related expectation;
  • Delivering specialist literacy and numeracy provision for the lowest attaining students, based around supported home study;
  • Our attendance team to target PP students with low attendance, working alongside families to ensure that they are in school as much as possible;
  • An increase in the amount of curriculum time allocated to English and Maths for Years 8-11;
  • A targeted support framework for intervention during tutor periods and after school to help support year 11 PP students at risk of not achieving their age related expectation;
  • Developing a programme of trips and visits to raise aspirations;
  • Introducing extensive mentoring programmes.

Click here to view the summary information.

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 2017 – 2018. 

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).

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning