Pupil Premium

From September 2016 all schools are required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This sets out how we intend to spend our allocation to address barriers to learning, and the rationale behind our decisions.

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets additional money to children who need more support in school. The government uses the number of children on free school meals as an indicator for the level of deprivation that may impact on education.

It should be noted that the strategies facilitated by the introduction of the Pupil Premium are planned for the academic year (Sep-Aug) whereas the allocation is received for a financial year (Apr-March).


We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time..

Our strategy:

Pupil Premium Report 2020 - 2021.pdf

PE & Sports Funding

At Ark Castledown, we pride ourselves on the large variety of sports for the children to participate in free of charge. In addition, we aim to enrich the curriculum and the opportunities that we offer our children to support their physical development, increase activity levels and enhance engagement. We regularly take part in sports tournaments and competitions, both within and outside of the school day.

Planned expenditure for the 2020-21 academic year

PE and Sport Premium Report 2021-22

Covid Catch-up Funding

covid catch up strategy.pdf