Pupil Premium

Due to the closure of schools on 23rd March 2020 because of Covid-19, implementation of the Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20 was suspended. Meopham School directed its resources towards supporting eligible pupils to maintain their continuity of learning. 

As no KS2 data will be available to benchmark standards for Year 7 pupils on entry in September 2020, the school is taking steps to ensure that meaningful data is generated during Term 1 to identify disadvantaged pupils who need additional support, so that reliable progress targets can be set. The same process is in place for other year groups. For this reason the school will publish its Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020-21 by the end of Term 2.

 

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to schools based on the number of:

  • Students in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6 FSM)
  • Children in Care (CIC), adopted or special guardianship
  • Service children.

Are you claiming your entitlement to free school meals?

As parents, you need to know that registering for free school meals is important for two reasons. You will be reassured that your child has access to a healthy lunchtime meal as well as additional funding to support interventions targeted to raise your child’s achievement and aspirations.

To apply free school meals, parents must have one or more children aged four or over attending a local authority maintained school in Kent and be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) and an annual income below £16, 190
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Support under the part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

If you think you are eligible, please register on the KCC website at: www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals. If you do not have access to the Internet or you would like to know more, please contact – Mr Rigglesworth (Raising Standards Leader - Vulnerable Groups) email: andrew.rigglesworth@swale.at

Number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant 2018/2019

Year 11 Cohort

Current

Year

Cohort

Size

No.

DA

DA %

2018/19

Year 11

85

14

16.4

2019/20

Year 10

112

28

25

2020/21

Year 9

129

41

31.7

2021/22

Year 8

171

44

25.7

2022/23

Year 7

169

41

24.3