Culcheth High School - case study

Rated good by Ofsted, Culcheth High School has always done well for its non-pupil premium students, but could not achieve the same for its less advantaged students.

Almost one fifth of students at Culcheth (11-16 year olds) qualify for pupil premium funding, even though it is in one of the 40% least deprived neighbourhoods of England. 

The impact

Culcheth High School in Warrington has reduced its KS4 pupil premium gap from an all-time high of 47% in 2014 to 17% in 2016. Peter Groves, the assistant head teacher puts it down to changing their focus from ‘equality’ to ‘equity’ and believes their Pupil Premium Practice (PPP) Review gave them the confidence to do this.

The schools parental engagement has improved as a direct result of the Pupil Premium Practice Review and they have started Saturday morning maths and science sessions for their year 11 pupil premium students. Their destination data is showing that more pupils than ever from socio economic disadvantage are following an academic pathway at post 16’.


Two years after the their Review, the school had a follow-up Pupil Premium Practice Review two years to help them further hone their focus, concentrating more on sub-groups and parental engagement.

‘The Achievement for All review was very supportive. You feel you are working in partnership with the coach. And you feel empowered to say what you are doing and what your plans are. It’s a genuine collaboration.’

- Peter Groves, the assistant head teacher

 You can read more about Culcheth High School success here.