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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Catch Up & Pupil Premium


The Pupil Premium grant to schools was introduced to offer additional funding to support children from low-income families, services families, those who were eligible for free school meals and for children who had been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. Students currently receive £935 per year, on average.

Catch Up Premium for Literacy and Numeracy

This gives schools additional funding for Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in English or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2 and provide support for students to access the wider school curriculum. This support will be used to raise their attainment in line with expectations to ensure all students are able to work at age-related expectations (and beyond). For 2019-20 the school will receive a Catch-Up Premium of £18,500. We have identified our catch up students in 2019-20 to have KS2 scores in English and/or Maths of 95 and below.

Sir William Ramsay School will have the freedom to spend both the Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium (which is additional to the underlying academy budget) in a way they think will best support raising the attainment of the most vulnerable pupils and close the performance gap between them and their peers.

The impact of Catch Up premium spending on students' attainment 2019-2020

All students in the literacy cohort who completed the Lifeboat Programme, Better Reading Programme and Accelerated Reader Scheme improved on their levels by the end of the academic year.

All students on the Numeracy Programme with a KS2 score in Maths of 99 and below improved on their levels in Maths by the end of the academic year by at least one to two sub levels.

Other students with higher than national average numeracy levels at KS2 (who took part in some of the numeracy interventions) saw less of an impact on their overall progress, with only four students demonstrating significant improvement.

Who can I talk to about Pupil Premium?

All members of staff have a clear focus on Pupil Premium. In the first instance, please speak to your child’s Pastoral Manager, Head of Year, Form Tutor or Mr. Wolfenden, the Pupil Premium champion.

Pupil Premium Objectives

  • To ensure Pupil Premium students make progress at least in line with or greater than national measures of expected progress.
  • To further reduce the Pupil Premium gap throughout the school.
  • To ensure secure and well-supported transitions from primary school and to future destinations.

Pupil Premium students currently in the school (2019-20)


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


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% of the year group







Amount of funding for the current academic year: £160,000.00

Pupil premium reviews:

Monitoring Progress During 2019 – 2020

Sir William Ramsay rigorously monitors the progress of all pupils on a half termly basis. This data is analysed to ensure that all groups, including disadvantaged pupils, are making the expected levels of progress and interventions are put in place when needed. Analysis is carried out for all year groups and subjects. This document will be updated throughout the year to demonstrate the impact out use of Pupil Premium funding has on the progress of disadvantaged pupils. 

Pupil Premium reviews take place yearly and involve; learning walks, student interviews, book scrutiny, external validation, Governing Body visits and an analysis of  ASP validated results analysis.

Date updated: February 2019
Date of next review: February 2020

How do we know Pupil Premium funding meets students’ needs?

The impact of key provisions funded by the Pupil Premium is evaluated by analysing the engagement and achievement of the students receiving the provision. Regular evaluations by participants and providers enables tracking of the provision to review its effectiveness.   

How are we measuring the impact of Pupil Premium?

Rationale for Planned Expenditure
Our approach of looking at the needs of individuals and putting in interventions seems to work well and we will continue to spend our Pupil Premium using the principles outlined in this document. This will allow us to ensure it is targeted at increasing attendance, raising aspirations and most importantly, ensure that our disadvantaged pupils achieve as highly as other non-disadvantaged pupils.  
The impact of key provisions funded by the Pupil Premium is evaluated by analysing the engagement and achievement of the students receiving the provision. Regular evaluations by participants and providers enables tracking of the provision to review its effectiveness. 

How the impact will be measured:

1. Progress in subjects
The school has regular assessments and data drops throughout the year in all subjects across all year groups. The assessments are moderated within departments and with other link schools, to ensure accuracy of marking, and then analysed centrally. Where data shows that disadvantaged pupils are not making the expected levels of progress, intervention is put into place.
2. Attendance and exclusion records
Regular attendance is key to pupils’ success and pupils’ attendance is tracked rigorously on a monthly basis through meetings with Pastoral Managers and the Attendance Officer. The school believes strongly in early help and identification of barriers to attendance as soon as possible to try to break them down. For disadvantaged pupils, our aim is to ensure their attendance matches that of other pupils.

3. Pupil feedback on enrichment
As shown in the table above, a significant proportion of our Pupil Premium Grant is spent on widening participation and raising aspirations. We will continue to evaluate feedback from programmes such as The Brilliant Club, The Prince William Award and the Ad Astra revision programme, to ensure they have a positive impact on disadvantaged pupils. We will also look at other similar schemes such as The Girl’s Network which aims to raise the aspirations of girls at Key Stage 4.
4. Students progression Post 16
It is important to the school that disadvantaged pupils have the same level of access to Sixth Form and Higher Education as other pupils. We will continue to actively promote this and monitor the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant in widening access for all disadvantaged pupils through evaluations and analysis of destinations data.