Pupil Premium

Ancora House School Pupil Premium Strategy

Ancora House School is a short stay hospital education provision; we provide education and support to young people who are admitted to Ancora House. Ancora House is the North West Tier 4 Psychiatric in-patient service for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. 

Access to the school provision is directly as a result of admission to hospital.

Ancora House School also provides education for children and young people at Key Stage 3 and 4 in the Cheshire West and Chester locality; this element of the school operates from our Learning Hub in Blacon; the Hub has close working partnerships with our locality schools.

Referral to the learning hub is via the local authority who commission places for children unable to access their home school because of medical needs.

Pupil Premium is additional funding to the delegated schools’ budget; this funding is in place to address any inequalities between groups of pupils and supports those in receipt of free school meals, those in the care of the local authority and those children and young people who are part of  services families.

Our cohort of learners attend our school for short periods of time; the vast majority remain on roll of their home school with the aim for them to return to their settings. Pupil premium funding is allocated to and sits with the home school. A small number of year 11 learners may complete their statutory education with Ancora House School, in these cases we would approach the home school for the Pupil Premium funding.

Academic Year September 2019 – July 2020 

Pupil Premium Allocation £0

Academic Year September 2018 – July 2019

Pupil Premium Allocation £935.00

The school received pupil premium for one pupil

Pupil premium strategy 2018/19 and Impact of expenditure on eligible pupils and other pupils


Desired Outcome




One to one Art Therapy

Weekly sessions offering a safe space for the learner to work through some of the challenges being faced including

Post-traumatic stress, emotionally based school non-attendance, depression.

  • Ability to form and sustain positive peer relationships
  • Ability to engage in positive and trusting relationships with adults
  • Improved attendance

Attendance data prior to admission: 16.13%


Average over 18 months on roll 79.15%

One to one outdoor education

Weekly session at conservation project providing mentorship; confidence building activities and skills of independence

  • Ability to manage feelings
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Practical skills leading to raised self-esteem and self-efficacy
  • Improved attendance
  • Academic progress towards GCSE period

All examinations taken


Achieved 6 GCSE Passes including English and Maths


Destination: Secured a fulltime place at college commencing September 2019



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Ancora House School, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Cheshire, CH2 1BQ

Tel: 01244 397598 | Email: admin@ancora.cheshire.sch.uk