Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Year 7 Catch Up Funding Strategy 2018/19

Context of Churchward School

Churchward School was approved by the Department for Education in 2016 and opened in temporary buildings in September 2018.  It currently provides secondary and sixth form places to students aged 11-19 with a primary diagnosis of autism and/or social, communication and interaction difficulties.  Students at the school will often have additional and complex needs that cannot be met in other educational establishments.  All admissions to the school will have an EHC Plan.

The school will remain at its current location until September 2020 when it will move into a purpose built provision on the northern edge of Swindon.  Over the next 4 years the school will continue to grow until it reaches its agreed capacity 75 students.  At present Swindon Borough Council have commissioned all available places.

Churchward School is part of the Brunel SEN Multi Academy Trust and works in partnership with the Uplands Education Trust.

Students at Churchward School have often had traumatic and turbulent experiences of education having been in multiple settings through either exclusion or in a provision which is unable to meet their needs.  These experiences have resulted in increased anxieties surrounding school life and a lack of trust in those associated with learning.  To challenge these complex difficulties often requires a personalised approach, using both the strengths and interests of a young person to build a relevant, comprehensive and bespoke curriculum around them to ensure engagement and ultimately progress.

Characteristics of the Learners

Churchward School caters for students who have an education, health and care plan [EHC Plan] with a primary diagnosis of either autism and/or social, communication and interaction difficulties.  However many of the students have a range of interlinking and complex needs.  The table below outlines the key profiles of the current cohort.




Autistic Spectrum Disorder



Moderate Learning Difficulties



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder



Social Emotional Mental Health



Speech Language and Communication



Specific Learning Disorder



 As with similar schools there is a higher number of boys (80%) than girls (20%), Seven students receive ever6 pupil premium funding which make up 35% of the total cohort.  The school has 3 students in receipt of free school meals and 1 student is LAC (Looked after Children).


Introduction to Catch Up Funding

The year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium is a sum of money allocated to Year 7 students who have not reached the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of KS2. 


Record of Catch Up spend 2017/18

The school had no pupils on roll in 2017/18 and therefore no additional funding was received.


Impact and Barriers

The school has a relatively small number of students who are eligible for catch up funding. As a result the fund has been used in a targeted way to meet their distinct individual needs.


Planned spending

The amount of Year 7 catch up funding received for academic year 2018/19 was £421.00.  The money will go towards the purchasing of a maths programme that supports the progress of our students.


All students in year 7 made progress in maths during the academic year 2018-19