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Pupil Premium

Enabling all children to fulfil their potential

Introduction to the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative aimed at providing additional funding to schools in order to help close gaps in achievement between children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been in the last six years, for children 'Looked After’ (CLA) and other groups of students, such as children of service personnel.

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

Ofsted have placed 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.

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

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 2017-18 is £14,827, which is based on the amount we received last year, rather than an allocation for a specific number of students.  

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

These support strategies include:

  • Blackwell Spelling Scheme 
  • Lexia Reading Programme
  • Summer school transition programme
  • Morning Literacy Sessions
  • Literacy Unit
  • Literacy Lesson (fortnightly)
  • Additional classroom support with Literacy, English and Maths lessons
  • 1 to 1 and small group booster sessions in English and Maths
  • Mentoring by Year 12 Students

Impact of funding for 2017/18

12 students were included in the English Year 7 catch up programme

  • 11 students had a reading age below 10.0 and all improved their reading age by the end of the year.
  • 9 students made excellent progress of between 12 - 51 months enhancement to their reading age and accelerated their progress with literacy.
  • 2 students had good levels of engagement and made enhanced progress towards their English targets.
  • 1 student left the school before the review.

5 students were included in the Maths Year 7 catch up programme (below 90 in standardised tests)

  • 5 made good or better progress towards their Maths target by the end of Year 7.

Altrincham College Allocation


Amount Per Pupil (£)

Total Funding (£)

2013 -  2014



2014 - 2015



2015 – 2016



2016 - 2017 £935


2017 - 2018

£935 £206,635

2018 - 2019

£935 £206,635

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 Education Endowment Fund (EEF), combined with our own evidence to establish spending priorities.

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