The Government is giving money to all schools to help pupils from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called the ‘Pupil Premium’. We now receive this additional funding for each pupil on our roll registered as eligible for free school meals. This is currently £935 per pupil. We are using this money to help our pupils achieve the best possible grades in their GCSE examinations.
Being eligible for a free school meal clearly has a benefit to the pupil-namely, a free high quality meal. This saves parents/carers over £400 per year. Another benefit to the pupil is help with the costs of school trips.
We therefore strongly encourage eligible parents/carers to apply for this status. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed. You can register your son/daughter for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit** and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Note: From 1st May 2009, pupils are eligible for Free School Meals for a four week period immediately after the parent/carer becomes unemployed, or reduces their hours to less than 16 hours a week, but is still in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
Pupils can also register for free school meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.
Mrs Bushell (our Business Manager) will be more than happy to help any eligible parents/carers apply and she can be contacted at school.