Head's Welcome

A Warm Welcome to Huxlow

At Huxlow we believe that students who are happy, feel safe and are taught well will enjoy school and as a result be successful.

We are passionate about caring for our students, ensuring that they are all known as individuals. Ofsted June 2016 stated that “everyone in the school puts pupil’s well-being at the centre of everything they do”.

Students are challenged to be as good as they possibly can be and supported to achieve this. Academic success is hugely important to us and we have a rich history of students of all abilities and from a wide variety of backgrounds achieving as well as they could.

However, schools are about far more than academic success and we believe that developing “The Whole Child” is one of our core responsibilities. In order to enjoy a successful adult life it is important that our students develop characteristics such as leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication.

I am hugely proud of our school and am happy to extend an invitation to all Parents/ Carers to come and visit us during the school day. Please contact us on enquiries@huxlow.northants.sch.uk and we will arrange a convenient time.

Mr S Gordon

Year 7 Catch-up Premium

The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved the expected standard in reading and/or in Maths at Key Stage 2. 

This money has to be used to deliver additional tuition and/or intensive support in small groups giving pupils valuable support in reading and numeracy to bring them up to target levels so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school.

Department for Education
Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium


In 2016-17, we received £14,500 to support students who were achieving the SATS scaled score of below 100 in English and/or Mathematics when they joined Huxlow Science College in September 2016. Seventy-eight Year 7 students were entitled to receive support for their reading and Maths.

Two Higher Level Teaching Assistants are employed to provide ‘one-to-one’ catch-up support through personalised programmes in English and Maths. These staff carry out assessments, develop the personalised lessons and monitor progress working in liaison with the English and Maths departments.

Students are assessed during the first term after joining the school and will be assessed again using standardised assessments during the summer term to assess the progress they have made with their reading and in Maths. The progress of all of these students is also monitored through the school’s RATE system and through re-assessment at appropriate times during the school year.


The targeted interventions funded by the Year 7 catch-up premium have resulted in measurable improvements in both literacy and numeracy:

English: In 2016-17, twenty-six students receiving support for their literacy all achieved 1a or above in English by the end of Year 7. Fifteen students achieved a Level 2, making more than expected progress. 

Maths: In 2016-17, fifty-nine students received support for their maths. Fifty-five achieved 1a or above in Maths by the end of Year 7. Four students made progress but are still working at 1b; they will continue to have additional support in Year 8. Forty-three students achieved a Level 2, making more than expected progress. Three students achieved Level 3. 



Total funding received £14,500


Staffing ('one-to-one' tutors) £12,112
Resources £2,388



 Total funding received  £13,810


 Staffing ('one-to-one' tutors)  £11,178
 Resources  £2,632


In 2017-18 we are receiving £13,810 to support seventy-four Year 7 students who are entitled to receive support for their reading and Maths.

We are evaluating our current provision and investing in providing further professional development for both teachers and teaching assistants working with these students. Additional specialist resources have been purchased to support the literacy and numeracy intervention programmes.

We have introduced specific intervention programmes to support students joining the college who are achieving below the expected standard in numeracy. These interventions are designed for one-to-one and small group (1:2 and 1:3) teaching. 

More time has been allocated to literacy and numeracy HLTAs (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) to provide one-to-one and small-group tutoring for students requiring support in reading and/or in numeracy.

The Literacy and Numeracy coordinators ensure that relevant standardised assessments are used to monitor students’ progress in reading and in numeracy as well as providing subject expertise to support the teaching assistants delivering and developing the intervention programmes. These assessments provide age-related data to benchmark the progress students make against national standards (‘Progress in Maths’ and reading ages).

Lunchtime clubs are providing opportunities for students receiving support for reading and numeracy to apply their skills in engaging and stimulating ways, for example in a Design Technology go-cart competition.


  • Implement the use of standardised age-related assessments for reading and numeracy to benchmark students’ progress against national standards.
  • Ensure that all Year 7 students achieving below the expected standard in reading and in numeracy when they join the school receive appropriate intervention support to enable them to make more progress. This includes more time for specialist literacy and numeracy teaching assistants to provide one-to-one and small-group tutoring for students requiring support in reading and in numeracy.
  • Introduce intervention programmes to enhance the support provided for students achieving below the expected standard in numeracy when they join the school.
  • Ensure that staff delivering the Year 7 Catch-up intervention support receive appropriate professional development to enhance their knowledge and skills.