Pupil Premium Funding 2016-17


What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals and/or who are Looked After Children. This is because the DfE have recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. This is particularly true for children from low-income families or those who are Looked After.  These pupils are far less likely to leave schools with good GCSE results. The Pupil Premium Grant is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it the most.

The Pupil Premium Grant has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.


The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.

“Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.”

Source DfE website


For the academic year 2015/16 Castle Hill had 61% of our pupils entitled to Pupil Premium Funding and therefore received £381,000.


Pupil Premium at Castle Hill Academy

At Castle Hill Academy our moto is ‘Expect Excellence’ and strive for achievement for all our pupils. Our pastoral care and rigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils helps us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and have helped us to plan and implement effective strategies.


Below is a summary of the range of activities and interventions that the Pupil

Premium will funded for 2016/2017. This includes some new and discrete activities and interventions that we have always employed that are known to support pupil progress and attainment. Some have cost implications and others have required time within staff meetings, INSET and staff time to research theory and current pedagogical developments in education.


Our School Improvement Planning includes clear systems to ensure that any additional funding will impact on children entitled to Pupil Premium Funding. This includes tracking of pupils and the evaluation of strategies that will be put in place.


How can Parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals or is between the ages of 4 and 7, and therefore part of the Universal Free School Meals, it is worth registering them, even if they are not going to have a school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives and we will maximise the support we can provide.


Parents can register their child for Free School Meals if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

• Income Support

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income-related Employment Support Allowance

• Financially supported by NASS (National Asylum Support Service)

• Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190

• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

• Universal credit





Pupil premium

Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact for 2015-2016 click HERE

Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2016-2017 click HERE

Proposed Pupil Premium Spend 2016-2017 click HERE

Pupil Premium Expenditure Impact Report 2016-2017 click HERE

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Email: office@castlehill.croydon.sch.uk