Cobham Free School receives pupil premium funding (and recovery premium funding in the academic year 2021/22) based on the number of pupils eligible for pupil premium each year. This applies to disadvantaged pupils who qualify for free school meals (FSM), pupils who have qualified for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM), pupils who have been looked after by the local authority continuously for more than 6 months and armed forces families.
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium (and recovery premium funding in the academic year 2021/22) in any way that we think will benefit these pupils. We are held accountable for how we use this additional and valuable funding and a link to our current Pupil Premium Strategy Statement is below. Cobham Free School considers carefully how its funding allocation is spent to ensure that disadvantaged pupils are supported throughout their education with us and are ready for life beyond school.
The focus of our strategy is to support our disadvantaged pupils in making progress in line with their non-disadvantaged peers. We have considered the challenges that they face and set out the activities which we believe will support their needs.
High quality teaching is a key focus of our strategy, as well as more targeted academic support, particularly through the National Tutoring Programme. However, we also recognise that wider strategies, such as support with attendance and emotional support, are required in order for pupils to access our high quality teaching and targeted academic support. We do not make any assumptions about the impact of disadvantage upon individual pupils and many of our disadvantaged pupils are high attainers, we consider what support that these pupils may need other than academic support.
There is a whole school strategy in place to ensure consistency in approach for disadvantaged pupils across the phases.
In addition to the above, Cobham Free School gives priority to pupil premium applicants living in the local area under its over-subscription criteria for admissions to the school. More information is available in the Admissions Policy in Policies & Documents.