Free School Meals
We know that the financial impacts of the pandemic will be felt for months following your child’s return to school. We wanted to make you aware of the following eligibility criteria that may help your child access some additional funding that could help.
Your child may 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)
The Government gives funding to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.
If you qualify, your child/children can receive free school meals and reduced costs towards after school activities or curriculum enrichment opportunities such as learning to play the violin or revision guides needed to supplement learning at home. If you are registered for Pupil Premium you will also likely get help with the cost of educational trips and extracurricular activities. In addition to the above support, you will also receive financial help with the cost of your child's school uniform.
Here are the following eligibility criteria for the Pupil Premium:
Ever 6 Free School Meals
Students recorded as eligible for free school meals at the time of the October census, or at any point in the previous 6 years, will attract pupil premium funding.
For 2021 to 2022, this means students having been recorded as eligible for free school meals at any point between January 2015 and October 2020.
Children adopted from care or who have left care
Allocations for previously looked after children (post-looked-after children) will be based on the October census for mainstream and special schools.
ESFA will allocate a provisional amount per child looked after in June. That allocation will then be updated and finalised based on the children looked-after data return SSDA903.
Ever 6 Service Children
Service children are not disadvantaged but share the pupil premium payment process. Please note you are not eligible if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
How to Apply
- Checking for eligibility is quick and easy – you can apply by filling out the form below and get quick answer. If you are eligible, we will be notified within 5 working days
- If you have any problems with applying for this support, please contact Mrs Mullen on 01883 719450
No one will know you have registered, and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.