Pupil Premium

Lincoln Castle Academy – Pupil Premium Funding Promise

At Lincoln Castle Academy we:

  • Believe that every child has the capacity to achieve at the highest levels
  • Do not believe that social or financial disadvantage should limit a young person’s life chances
  • Remove or improve barriers to learning using educational strategies and focussed funding
  • Encourage aspiration, resilience and self-belief help you to grow and push the boundaries
  • Support and reward achievement and being ones best-self
  • To go ‘the extra mile’ to support students to reach their potential

Pupil Premium – what is it?

The Pupil Premium is funding that is given to schools to give additional support to disadvantaged pupils and to close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The funding is used to ensure children from low income families make good progress, are well supported to engage and to accelerate the literacy and numeracy levels of those who have not yet met the required standard. For the children of Forces personnel we use the funding to fill any educational gaps due to transience during their education due to postings. The proportion of students for whom the academy receives funding is significantly above the national average, typically 10% higher. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to students who:

  • Have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6)
  • Are currently registered for Free School Meals
  • Are Looked After children
  • Are children of Forces personnel

In the academic year 2017-2018 Lincoln Castle Academy received £290,000 for Pupil Premium Grant students accounting for 44% of our student population.

National data shows that FSM students are more likely to underachieve than that not in receipt of this grant. The funding is intended to close this gap.


1. Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP)
Academic barriers (issues to be addressed in school, such as poor oral language skills)
A. Attendance and Welfare
B. Socio-Economic
C. Literacy and Communication
Additional barriers (including issues which also require action outside school, such as low attendance rates)
D. Aspirations

Performance of Pupil Premium Students at Lincoln Castle Academy 2016-17

In 2016-2017, there were 136 Year 11 students registered and 48 of these were in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. In 2017-2018, 51 students were in receipt of PP funding.


    2016-2017 2017-2018
Student Numbers 136 121
Disadvantaged Students 48 51
Gap between Disadvantaged and Non Disadvantaged Students
En & Ma Grade 4+ % -15.9% -12%
  Grade 5+ % -14.2% -5.4%
English Grade 4+ % -15.3% -11%
  Grade 5+ % -19% -3.2%
Maths Grade 4+ % -16.9% -7.8%
  Grade 5+ % -3.3% +2.9%
Progress 8 Fine Score -0.5% -0.04%
Attainment8 Ave Points -0.7% -0.3%


We are really pleased that the gap between the disadvantaged students and non-disadvantaged students has started to close due to the interventions that we have been able to put in place due to the Pupil Premium Funding. We will continue with the strategies that have made the most significant differences and add in new interventions to continue this drive to close the gap.

Strategies for 2018-2019

  • Continue to fund a HLTA in Maths
  • Appointment of English TA continues
  • Student Learning Support Mentor for Y11 to continue
  • Continue to employ special EAL advisor
  • Continue to provide TEFL TA
  • Introduce Accelerated Reader Programme
  • Our Welfare and Safeguarding team to continue
  • Continue to provide mentoring and counselling services
  • Introduce Service Students Support group and have a named key worker
  • To participate in writing an anthology with First Story
  • Music lesson subsidies
  • Providing equipment for practical subjects
  • New after school Homework and Study Club
  • Continue to provide apps for communication, tracking and homework

Click to view Pupil Premium Policy
Click to view Pupil Premium Strategy-Self Evaulation 2018-2019


Catch-up Premium Statement 2018-2019

The Catch-Up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each pupil who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 or by the new primary measures ‘not secondary ready’.

The expected standard is derived from the scaled scores achieved by students in the Year 6 National Curriculum tests (SATSs) in mathematics, English reading and English grammar, punctuation and spelling. Each pupil’s score is scaled and a score of 100 is the ‘expected standard’, a score above 100 would mean the child had exceeded the expected standard and a score below 100  means that the pupil will receive this extra funding in Year 7.

The objective of the Catch-Up Premium is that students will make rapid gains and sustained progress by bridging gaps in knowledge and skills.  Within this we aim to meet individual needs in either numeracy or reading, or both to enable them to progress at Key Stage 3.

Lincoln Castle Academy received £24,510 for the academic year 2017-18.  We predict that our funding for 2018-19 is £25,000 and this is received by the academy on 1st March 2019.


Catch-Up Premium Strategies at Lincoln Castle Academy 2017 to date

  • In Mathematics, the Year 7’s eligible for the funding are taught in smaller classes with HLTA support and a trainee maths teacher, alongside qualified teaching staff.
  • Instead of learning Spanish, students are extracted and taught by a Primary School trained teacher to accelerate reading and writing in English.
  • A small nurture group for the very weakest students working with a specialist English teacher (also our SENDCO), a HLTA and our Librarian TA
  • After school Maths App club – starting December 2018
  • Paired reading with Year 11’s and Sixth Form during registration
  • Accelerated Reader – our school has recently purchased this package and launched it in September 2018. Progress will be tracked and impact reported. AR is a reading program that helps teachers support and monitor reading practice. The student picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, the student takes a short online quiz to measure how much of the book they understood.
  • Language Rich School – a new initiative for 2018 to ensure students are able to access higher tier vocabulary, create extended pieces of writing and maintain a glossary of key words and terms to assist independent work
  • Literacy rooms working with EAL co-ordinator/ TEFL teacher were appropriate
  • Reading lessons as an integral part of the English curriculum
  • Parental engagement via Accelerated Reader by tracking progress using the App, selecting Home Connect. This will allow parents to engage with their child in terms of their reading progress, book selection and working towards reading goals.

IMPACT 2017-2018

In the last academic year there were 41 students eligible for catch up funding.

English Maths
Number of students below (Score of >100) at the end of KS2 Number classed as ‘at expected’ progress by the end of Year 7 Number of students below (Score of >100) at the end of KS2 Number classed as ‘at expected’ progress by the end of Year 7









Using the last Data Drop of Year 7, all students except one were judged as at least ‘on target’ for English and all students were judges as ‘on target’ for Maths.  Whilst this boasts great success, we will be implementing further testing throughout the next academic year to be fully secure in measuring the progress our Year 7’s are making.

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