Castle Hill Academy Castle Hill Academy

A Platanos Trust School


Pupil Premium


1.  Introduction


The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of social-economically disadvantaged pupils (namely those pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM) and 'Looked After Children' (LAC) or adopted from care). 

Schools are free to decide on how best to allocate the funds for programmes to support its disadvantaged pupils.


In September 2019, the percentage of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium (including FSM pupils and pupils previously registered within the last six years, known as 'FSM Ever-6') at the school is currently 44% (133 eligible pupils).


The amount of Pupil Premium funding allocated to the school for the 2018-2019 academic year was £281,820. 


The amount allocated for the 2019-2020 academic year (up until April 2020) is so far at £168,300 (please note that this is due to funds being allocated according to financial year - we therefore do not yet know the allocation beyond April 2020).



2.  Our Strategy


Identifying the barriers to learning

As part of our Pupil Premium strategy to improve our pupils' outcomes, we have identified the potential barriers to educational achievement for our disadvantaged pupils. These are outlined via the link below.

Click here for further information (pdf).


Action plan to address the identified barriers to learning

Click here for the 2019-2020 budget, action plan and intended outcomes (pdf).

This is a working document and may be updated/refined during the course of the academic year.



A summary of the provision and the reasons for our approach

The Pupil Premium provision is planned in an integrated and targeted manner for this academic year to ensure that those pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium receive additional support to address the identified barriers. 


Our approach is a multifaceted, layered approach in order to provide bespoke support to pupils to overcome barriers both through academic and pastoral support. This involves senior staff, middle leaders monitoring and taking responsibility for specific year groups, and driven by both teaching and non-teaching staff and external professionals. This flexible, dynamic approach is required to reflect the complex needs of pupils, the changing social factors and trends, and allows us to react accordingly to provide a wholesome level of support.



3.  How we will measure the effect of the Pupil Premium 

We will monitor the effect of the pupil premium through a range of different measures where applicable. This will include:



The above will be evaluated through a number of ways. This will include:


  •  - Tracking and analysis of pupil data and outcomes.
  •  - Case studies.
  •  - Feedback evaluation.



4.  The Impact

The support from our intervention programmes has had a positive impact on our pupils' Key Stage 2 results.


In 2018:



Progress in Reading was 0.1; Writing was 1; Maths was 0.8.


Percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths was 55%. The percentage achieving the higher standard was 13%.



Date of next review of the strategy:   24th July 2020