The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils (pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years, or are looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months, or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces). Schools receive this funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow any attainment/progress gap between them and their peers.
Children who are looked after by a local authority, or who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order), will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families - the ‘Pupil Premium Plus Grant’. Please see the Coombe PP+ strategy for funding details.
At Coombe, we are committed to raising the achievement for pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and all our staff work scrupulously to achieve the very best outcomes they can for every child through quality first teaching. Using research-informed evidence, such as the Education Endowment Foundation, we invest in high quality training and pedagogy for all staff to ensure that teaching and learning remains at a consistently exceptional standard. We recognise that not every child receiving PPG is socially disadvantaged and also that not every child who is disadvantaged receives PPG. In addition, we are very careful not to confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium Grant with low ability.
We strongly believe that financial disadvantage should not present as a barrier to pupils unlocking their ‘World of Opportunities’ at Coombe, and understand that many of these pupils must make accelerated progress compared to their non-eligible peers to achieve this.
If you are unsure if your child is eligible for the fund and would like to find out more/apply, please visit the Kingston Council website for more information.