Free School Meals, Pupil Premium and Finance Statement

If your family is eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), please put in an application, because even if your child does not want the free meal, the school will get valuable additional funding, called the Pupil Premium, which will be put to use in various ways by us 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.

If you would like help with the form, please ask your SSA or contact the County Council on this number: 01223 703 200.

How can I apply for Free School Meals?

Applications for free school meals can be made to the County Council team on paper, online or by telephone by calling 01233 703200

·         Online applications are made at the county council website

·         Paper applications can be printed from their website (or click on link below) and returned by fax 01223 699481 or scanned to the email address;  or 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,



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   FSM application form 2018-19   for both Pupil Premium Funding and Free School Meals.

Click here : Parents Guide v2 for a Parents’ Guide.


Pupil Premium spending strategy

Closing the Gap: The impact of the pupil premium grant

As a school with a relatively low number of disadvantaged pupils (10.13%) 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.

·         Free revision resources

·         Transition support by assistant SENCo, Senior Tutors and SSAs. 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 non residential school visits.With residential trips we offer disadvantaged families the opportunity to use payment plans which our Finance team can set up.

The majority of our disadvantaged pupils (85%) join us in Year 7 having achieved at least an in line grade in maths at the end of Key Stage 3. Similarly 94% by the end of KS3 have achieved at least an in line grade in English. 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, all work in tutor time with PP students who need extra support.  We have a literacy intervention co-ordinator who works with students that are working at below level 4. we have also recently appointed a specialist teacher of SEND (her specialism is in SEMH, cognition and learning and speech and language). Through this specialist role we can provide students who are struggling to access the curriculum, with in class assistance and/or individual tutoring sessions.

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 and 8) 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.


Year 11 Progress data:

Legacy GCSE English and Maths results:

% Making Expected Progress in English

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

2013 – 2014

Disadvantaged students




All other students







% Making >Expected Progress in English

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

2013 – 2014

Disadvantaged students




All other students







% Making Expected Progress in Maths

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

2013 – 2014

Disadvantaged pupils




All other students







% Making >Expected Progress in Maths

2015 – 2016

2014 – 2015

2013 – 2014

Disadvantaged students




All other students








2016 – 2017 Progress 8 Measures


Progress 8 Measure

English – Disadvantaged students


English  – All students


Maths – Disadvantaged students


Maths – All students


Ebac Subjects – Disadvantaged students


Ebac Subjects – All students


Open Element – Disadvantaged students


Open Element – All students



Please see our financial documentation below:


Pupil Premium Spend 2017-18