Pupil Premium & Catch-up Funding

Our vision is to improve the life chances of all our children and young people whatever their backgrounds, skills and capabilities. We are committed to and value everyone within our Partnership. Our ambition is to provide the best education we can, enabling our children and young people to become responsible, independent members of society. The Partnership is committed to all through education, firmly believing that a love of learning should be nurtured from a very young age and that the traditional phases of education should be integrated to secure continuity, progression and high standards.

Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011. The funding is provided in addition to the main funding provided by central government to us as an Academy and is intended to support disadvantaged students  to ‘close the gap’: to raise attainment and to improve progress. Around 35% of our students are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, a rise of 3% since last year, which is provided for children who:

  • Are in receipt of free school meals
  • Have been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Are or have been in local authority care (looked after children)
  • Are the children of armed services personnel



Academic Year 2015-2016

 Pupil premium funding for the financial year ending April 2016 was £169,693.50

At Castle Manor Academy in the 2015-2016 academic year, Pupil Premium Funding was used alongside the main school budget to contribute to:

  • Staffing, in particular to ensure smaller groups in Year 10 and Year 11 in core subjects
  • Employment of a graduate assistant in English and a HLTA in Maths to lead on appropriate intervention for students eligible for Pupil Premium and others
  • Employment of one HLTA, Learning Intervention Officers and Behaviour Support Officers across the school to support the progress and attainment of all students in all year groups
  • Membership of Partners in Excellence (PIXL) which is designed to support sharing best practice to enable students to succeed with GCSEs and so open doors to future opportunities.
  • Increase capacity in the leadership team through the targeted work of the partnership Director of all through curriculum
  • Fund the Y11 challenge work for all students in the year group
  • Fund school to school support commissioned through CASSA teaching schools alliance
  • Support with trips, visits and equipment and uniform for individual children


Achievement and progress of Year 11 students:

  • Progress 8 measure for the whole cohort was -0.23
  • Progress 8 measure for Pupil Premium eligible students was -0.73
  • Attainment 8 measure of 4.64
  • 48% of students gained both English and Maths



These measures show a pleasing improvement on the previous year, with some way still to go to close the gap between Pupil Premium eligible and non-Pupil Premium eligible students.



Academic Year 2016-2017

Projected Pupil Premium funding for the financial year ending April 2016 is £170,386

This year’s rapid improvement plan seeks to build on the foundations of the progress made last year, focusing on:

  • Embedding and reviewing new leadership structures at each key stage to ensure a rise in attainment
  • Developing raising standards plans that are regularly used and reviewed, leading to increased progress
  • Establishing linear assessment routes throughout KS3 and KS4 to support exam readiness and knowledge recall
  • Creating a strategic curriculum approach for high attainers
  • Raising attainment for Pupil Premium students
  • Introducing and monitoring two projects designed to raise literacy attainment at KS3: Accelerated Reader and IPEELL
  • Ensuring teaching, learning and assessment and behaviour for learning are consistently good or better



To support the targets as outlined above, it is intended that Pupil Premium funding will be used, alongside the main budget to:

  • Increase effectiveness of the leadership team through the Raising Standards Leader structure
  • Fund the Y11 challenge work for all students in the year group
  • Fund planned interventions across all year groups with the aim of closing the gap for Pupil Premium Students
  • Part fund the Accelerated Reader and IPEELL projects
  • Over staff English and Maths in order to ensure smaller classes
  • Fund the work of learning intervention officers, behaviour support officers and the Graduate Assistants in English and Maths to ensure effective intervention
  • Fund specific intervention groups in English and Maths
  • Fund continued membership and support from PIXL
  • Continue to support the funding of trips, visits, equipment and uniform where needed for individual disadvantaged children


Catch up Funding

Year 7 Catch Up funding is provided to support the progress of students arriving in Year 7 who are not yet secondary ready. In the academic year 2015-2016 these were students who did not achieve level 4 in English and/ or Maths at the end of Year 6.

In the Academic Year 2015-2016 the catch up funding provided was £12,500

 Key expenditure

The funding was used, alongside the main school budget, to pay for the support and intervention of Learning Intervention Officers in Year 7 English and Maths lessons and in the Year 7 Access class. It was also used to embed Maths mastery at key stage 3.

In the Academic Year 2016-2017 the government has agreed to match the previous year’s funding.