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Pupil Premium

Enabling all children to fulfil their potential

Introduction to the Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is a government initiative aimed at providing additional funding to schools in order to help ‘close the gap’ in achievement between children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), for children 'Looked After’ (CLA), and other groups in school.

Any school with a child who has been eligible for FSM within the past six years will have a Pupil Premium allocation, which aims to support and enable those children to fulfil their potential.

Across schools in England, there is strong evidence to suggest that the achievement of students in receipt of the pupil premium is unacceptably low compared to their peers, and it is the school who is responsible for closing this achievement gap, with the support of Government in the form of funding.

Ofsted have  place great emphasis on the performance of students who receive the Pupil Premium, with the use and impact of the pupil premium taken into account when considering Ofsted judgements for both Achievement and Leadership & Management.

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

 The Year 7 Catch-Up premium provides additional funding to schools to accelerate the progress of identified students in English and Mathematics. The funding is aimed at Year 7 pupils who did not meet the national standard in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The funding enables the school to deliver additional support to enable those students to make swift progress in order to catch up with their peers.

The funding allocation we have received for 2016-17 is £10,000, which is based on the amount we received last year, rather than an allocation for a specific number of students, due to the introduction of the new KS2 tests.

Catching up funding will be targeted to boost progress in English and/or Maths with strategies matched to the specific needs of individual students.

These support strategies include:


  •  Lexia Reading Programme


  • Summer school transition programme


  • Morning Literacy Sessions


  • Literacy Unit


  • Additional classroom support with Literacy, English and Maths lessons


  • 1 to 1 and small group booster sessions in English and Maths


Impact of funding for 2015/16

17 students were eligible for the English year 7 catch up programme

  • Of the 10 students who had a reading age below 10.0 all improved their reading age by the end of the year.
  • Of the 7 students with a spelling score below their chronological age, all improved their score by the end of the year.
  • 13 students made good or better progress in English by the end of year 7.

19 students were eligible for the Maths year 7 catch up programme

  • 15 made good or better progress in Maths by the end of year 7.


Pupil Premium Funding


£900 per pupil


£935 per pupil  (£1900 CLA) 


£935 per pupil (£1900 CLA)


£935 per pupil (£1900 CLA)

Altrincham College Allocation



Amount Per Pupil (£)

Total Funding (£)

2013 -  2014




2014 - 2015




2015 – 2016




2016 - 2017 221 £935


Intended Outcomes

At Altrincham College, we target additional support strategies to enable every student; regardless of financial or social disadvantage, to be able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress,
  • Narrow and close any gaps in attainment and progress,
  • Ensure full access to the curriculum,
  • Ensure access to our full extra-curricular programme

How is the Funding Used

We carefully ring-fence Pupil Premium funding at Altrincham College, to ensure it is always allocated towards the target group of students. We use research evidence, such as the 'Sutton Trust Toolkit', combined with our own evidence to establish spending priorities.

In 2015/16 pupil premium funding supported:

  • 1:1 plus small group literacy and numeracy catch-up sessions,
  • Morning literacy sessions led by Learning Support Assistants,
  • Smaller class sizes in Yrs 8 – 11 (including 5th  En/Ma group in Year 10/11 A Band),
  • Funding Tuesday and Thursday evening homework club,
  • Free bus pass (Tuesday + Thursday late bus),
  • Free peripatetic music tuition,
  • Laptop bank in English,
  • Peer mentoring,
  • Intensive support through the SSC,
  • Additional Attendance Support and Time
  • LEXIA Reading support scheme,
  • Resources for DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read),
  • Additional Careers Information and Guidance.
  • Free provision of subject revision guides.

It is important to the Academy that we close the gap, whilst at the same time improving the performance of all students.


Cohort Eligibility


43% of the Year 11 cohort were eligible for Pupil Premium (Ever6)


36% of the Year 11 cohort were eligible for Pupil Premium (Ever6)


36% of the Year 11 cohort were eligible for Pupil Premium (Ever6 + CLA)


34% of the Year 11 cohort were eligible for Pupil Premium (Ever6 + CLA)


27% of the Year 11 cohort were eligible for Pupil Premium (Ever6-CLA)

Year Group

Eligibility for Funding

Current Year 11


Current Year 10


Current Year 9


Current Year 8


Current Year 7






Please download the document at the bottom of the page for full details on how Pupil Premium is allocated including specific initiatives and impact.