The Lincoln St. Christopher’s School is a large Special School (239) for pupils with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, many of whom have autistic spectrum disorders. St Christopher’s School is a co-educational provision with a 3-19 year old intake of children and young people. The pupils are predominantly from Lincoln and surrounding areas and is located on Hykeham Road, Lincoln LN6 8AR.
The school presently has 227 pupils, 16 of which are presently in the sixth form. 66 students across the school are girls. An above average proportion of pupils are eligible for funding from the pupil premium.
The social and economic background of our pupils is diverse, due to the extended catchment area with 107 pupils entitled to free school meals; 7 are service children. There are 3 looked after children at the present time. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their first language; 13 pupils have English as an additional language. Pupils can join the school at any point in their school life, although the main admissions take place in primary and Year 7. Most pupils arrive with well documented evidence of levels of attainment well below their mainstream peers, particularly in literacy and numeracy. Many have difficulties with personal and social development. A significant number who arrive from a mainstream context have a history of inappropriate behaviour or being difficult to manage in other educational settings. Some have a history of being previously temporarily excluded.
All have an Education Health Care plan apart from some pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school has an increasing large proportion of children and young people with complex needs for example non-verbal children with severe autism and challenging behaviour. These children are based in the ARC (Autistic Resource Centre) provision at the school.
The majority of pupils have a moderate learning difficulty combined with specific communication difficulties, and many of our pupils have associated difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other specific Learning Difficulties.
There is a specialist facility for primary aged children with severe autism.
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to school, beyond the main school funding.
PPG allocation is based on the number of students in the school who have been registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) within the last six years, Looked-after children defined in the Children Act 1989, or have left the care of the Local Authority because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order. PPG funding is also allocated if any pupil has been recorded as being eligible for service pupil premium or any pupil who is in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
PPG funding enhances the core offer for identified students enabling us to personalise learning to support individual needs.
LAC Pupil Premium
School receives £1000 from the Local Authority, this can be paid in one lump sum or in installments depending on the LA. If the pupil is under 5 years of age £300 is received. Termly LAC reviews are held and additional money can be requested via Virtual Schools. LAC expenditure is monitored closely.
In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected.
All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils to encourage the development of healthy active lifestyles.