Free School Meals, Pupil Premium and Finance Statement

Dear Parent/Guardian

The County Council asks all families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) to put in an application because even if your child does not want the free meal we will get valuable additional funding, called the Pupil Premium which will be put to use in various ways by Swavesey VC to help your child. It could be used to pay for a day time trip, or extra Maths or English support, or free revision books for your child, for example.   We are not told who is eligible to apply but we do know that 20% of children in Cambridgeshire are currently missing out.  If you would like help with this form, please ask your SSA or contact the County Council on this number:01223 703 200.

Application Assistance

How can someone apply for Free School Meals?

Applications for free school meals can be made to the EWB team on paper, online and by telephone.

·         Online applications are made at the county council website
www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

·         Paper applications can be printed from the website and returned by
fax 01223 699481 or scanned to the email address ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk;  handed in at the school or posted to CCC at the following address; Education Welfare Benefits Service, Cambridgeshire County Council, OCT1222, Octagon 2, Shire Hall, Cambridge,
CB3 0AP

·         Telephone applications can be made by calling 01233 703200 

 

The Pupil Premium funding is targeted at:

–          Pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who have received FSM in the last 6 years

–          Looked After Children

–          Services Children         

Please download the form below for Pupil Premium Funding and Free School Meals.

 

Pupil Premium spending statement

Closing the Gap: The impact of the pupil premium grant

As a school with a relatively low number of disadvantaged pupils (11.31%) compared to national figures, we have put careful thought and consideration into the approaches used within school to target individual pupils to avoid any labelling of pupils. For example, we installed cashless catering systems within school to anonymise those with entitlement to free school meals, credit is added daily to the pupils’ accounts and they pay using a scan of their fingerprint.

Our approach to closing the gap is to personalise our intervention around the needs of the individual.

Our support may be based on one or several of the following approaches:

·         The purchase of materials needed to attend school (e.g. uniform, equipment)

·         Fulfilling basic needs: transportation, food

·         Pastoral support: Mentoring, confidence-building, providing a safe environment

·         Raising and maintaining aspirations: enrichment and extra-curricular activities, competitions, clubs, hobbies, leadership opportunities.

·         Improving knowledge and understanding: small group tuition, 1:1 tuition, additional learning opportunities outside the classroom.

·         Achievement for all

·         Free revision resources

·         Transition support by assistant SENCo and Senior Tutors. Close support is also provided for PP students interested in studying at Cambridge or Huntingdon Regional College

·         Students are given support with choosing and applying for an apprenticeship

For pupils who may need assistance in basic necessities such as uniform and study materials, we purchase these. We ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to take part in enrichment and extra-curricular events such as day trips during our annual ‘activities week’. Through our vertical tutoring and pledges process we track students’ access to trips and use trip funding to encourage all pupil premium students to participate in school visits.

The majority of our disadvantaged pupils (70%) join us in Year 7 having achieved at least an in line grade in maths at the end of Key Stage 3. As a result part of our strategy in closing the gap, is providing good quality intervention to help improve basic skills of numeracy and literacy across all year groups.

Maths mentors, reading buddies, success at Arithmetic, TA tutor time attendance.  We have recently appointed a literacy intervention co-ordinator who works with students that are working at below level 4.

Our projections for the next two academic years show improved progress for the disadvantaged pupils in both English and Maths at KS4 as a result of our new approach.  Our in-house data for the other year groups (7 to 9) are also analysed regularly to look at the progress of disadvantaged pupils in all year groups, which show that the gap is closing in comparison to the previous gaps seen is past years.

 

Progress data:

 

% Making Expected Progress in English

 

2016-2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

 

Disadvantaged pupils

88%

88%

58%

85%

68%

 

All other pupils

87%

93%

73%

93.5%

91%

 

National

 

 

70%

70%

69%

 

 

% Making >Expected Progress in English

 

 

2016-2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

 

Disadvantaged pupils

36%

53%

13%

10%

21%

 

All other pupils

46%

54%

46.7%

27%

63%

 

National

 

 

32%

32%

30%

 

 

% Making Expected Progress in Maths

 

 

2016-2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

 

Disadvantaged pupils

80%

63%

54%

60%

74%

 

All other pupils

79%

81%

79%

76.2%

88%

 

National

 

 

65%

65%

70%

 

 

% Making >Expected Progress in Maths

 

 

2016-2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

 

Disadvantaged pupils

28%

19%

21%

20%

16%

 

All other pupils

44%

46%

44%

37.9%

48%

 

National

 

 

29%

29%

32%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see our financial documentation below.

  1. Pupil-Premium-Funding-+-FSM-application form
  2. Pupil Premium Spend 2016-17