Pupil Premium/Free School Meals
We fully understand that in the current economic climate, finances are tighter than ever for families.
Each year the government allocates additional money to schools to support students from families who may be struggling, with the intention of raising the achievement and prospects of these students.
The students who attract this funding are those in receipt of free school meals, those who have done so in the past six years, services children and “Looked After Children”.
Your child may be entitled to free school meals if you yourself are entitled to receive any of the following:
- Universal credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 as assessed by earnings in up to three of your most recent assessment periods
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Students claiming free school meals have a wide choice of options every day – including fruit and healthy drinks. There is no fuss for students at the tills thanks to our cashless catering system and all students go through the same process. Even catering staff cannot see the status of students’ accounts.
To apply for Free School Meals, click on the link below:
Schools are given autonomy to decide how best to use this funding. Nevertheless, there is an obligation for all schools to publish annually how the Pupil Premium funding has been spent or is intended to be spent. Schools are also required to outline the impact of this on the academic performance of those students.
Please note that the number of students eligible for the Pupil Premium is not fixed. The total number varies throughout the school year as the circumstances of families change.