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 focused 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

For the academic year 2019-2020, Lincoln Castle Academy expects to receive £310,000 of Pupil Premium funding for 42% of our student population.  This include 24 Service Premium Students.

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

Click here to PP Strategy 2019-2020 Disadvantaged Feb 2020 view Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020.

Catch-up Premium Statement 2019-2020

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 £24,500 for the academic year 2018-19.  We predict that our funding for 2019-20 is £25,000 and this is received by the academy on 1st March 2020.


Catch-Up Premium Strategies at Lincoln Castle Academy 2019 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, some students are extracted and taught by a Primary School trained teacher to accelerate reading and writing in English or our EAL intervention co-ordinator.
  • 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
  • Paired reading with Sixth Form students during registration
  • Accelerated Reader – our school launched this programme in September 2018. Progress is tracked and the impact reported to parents. 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 started in 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 and the Aspire curriculum during tutor time
  • 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
  • New this year - PiXL catch-up package

Click each link to view the following documents:

Letter to parents September 2020 service mentors
Letter to parents September 2020
Y7 PP Offer September 2020
Y8 PP Offer September 2020
Y9 PP Offer September 2020
Y10 PP Offer September 2020
Y11 PP Offer September 2020