Parents can help to increase our school’s funding by applying for Free School Meals, even if you would prefer for your child to bring a packed lunch, or if your child is receiving universal infant Free School Meals. This is because the Pupil Premium grant is allocated to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals at any point and for Looked After Children. The additional funding can be directed to make improvements to your child’s education and provide additional educational resources for him/her.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium grant is to address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals or children in care when compared with their wealthier peers.
Your child might be able to get Free School Meals if you get any of the following:
- 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;
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get);
If your child is eligible for and getting Free School Meals at any time before 31 March 2022, they’ll remain eligible until this date.
Please visit www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/families/free-school-meals to find out more information and to apply. If you require any help including completing the forms or further advice, please contact Miss Baronet, Mrs Watson or Mr Turner.