Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch Up Premium

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Breakfast Club 2021

We are delighted to inform you that from Monday 6th September we will be resuming our breakfast club, toast and a drink will be served in the atrium from 8.00 until 8.30am each morning. Research shows that if students eat and drink well in the morning they learn better throughout the day and attain higher.
Please see the letter below for more information.

Breakfast Club Letter Sept 2021

Pupil Premium funding
The pupil premium is additional money given to publicly funded schools in England. The purpose is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils by supporting them to reach their potential. Research shows that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided to enable these students by supporting them to reach their potential. The Government has used students entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per student based on the number of students registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. 

At The Lancaster Academy we believe that every student should be ambitious to succeed irrespective of their background. We are committed to raising their aspirations and supporting them on their path to success. We are passionate about providing meaningful and enriching learning opportunities that inspire our students both in and beyond the classroom, while recognising that the diversity of our students’ needs necessitates a personalised approach. It is our aim to challenge all students to be the best that they can be and staff at The Lancaster Academy work hard to close the gaps and ensure that students are equipped to achieve their potential.

For the academic year 2019-20 the Pupil Premium funding was in the region of £246,840. For the academic year 2020-21 the Pupil Premium funding will be in the region of £310,375.

Impact is measured annually from a range of sources including results, in year data, student voice activities and teacher assessment.

Please find a more detailed plan of interventions and costings by opening the attached link.

Review of The Lancaster Academy Disadvantaged Strategy 2019 - 20
Lancaster Academy Disadvantaged Strategy 2020 - 2021

Catch-up Strategy Impact 2020 - 21

The Lancaster Academy

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch–Up’ Premium

The literacy and numeracy ‘catch-up’ premium is additional funding given to schools from the Department of Education to support Year 7 students not achieving the Expected Standard set by the government in reading and/or mathematics at the end of KS2. 

In 2018-2019 The Lancaster Academy received in the region of £8,011 additional funding for Year 7 students. The allocated funding was spent on a range of interventions targeted to support students’ needs. The Academy monitors the impact of these interventions at regular points throughout the year through testing and student voice activities and alters to best meet student needs. For 2019-20 we expect to receive a similar amount of funding and will look at delivering a range of appropriately sourced interventions to support this new cohort of students.

Some of the interventions that students currently benefit from include:

  • screening using a diagnostic reading test
  • small tutor time reading intervention forms
  • mentoring opportunities and nurture forms
  • small group tuition in English and Maths through external tutors
  • inference training to support students with their comprehension skills.
  • literacy activities, clubs and trips beyond the classroom to improve engagement
  • greater allocation of TA support within lessons

Impact for 2018-2019:

English: 77% of students made progress towards target

  • 9 students (35%) made significant progress (2 or more sub levels) from their relative starting points
  • 11 students (42%) made progress (1 sub level) from their relative starting points
  • 6students (23%) remained at the same working at grade between December 2018 and June 2019

Maths: 73% of students made progress towards target

  • 6  students (23%) made significant progress (2 or more sub levels) from their relative starting points
  • 13 students (50%) made progress  (1 sub level) from their relative starting points
  • 7 students (27%) remained at the same Now Grade between Dec 2018 - June 2019

2018-2019 allocation:





Tutor time reading intervention form

  • 17 students took part in reading intervention and of these 14 made significant progress (14 months – 45 months) between Oct 2018 and June 2019


English tutoring

  • 10 students took part in small group tutoring. Of these students all made progress from their relative starting points. 6 students made significant progress


Maths tutoring

  • 19 students took part in small group tutoring. Of these students 10 made progress from their relative starting points. 2 students made significant progress.


Literacy enrichment activities including purchasing of texts, author visits, reading clubs and external events.

  • Students in receipt of the funding engaged with the opportunities, gaining a positive literacy based experience which improved confidence and self-esteem.
£1,500 Rising Stars Programme for years 7 and 8 to improve attitudes to learning in the classroom leading to increased progress
  • 80 students in yr 7 and 8 were part of the Rising Stars programme. 62 students positively engaged and demonstrated better engagement and attitudes to learning.