Funding & Free School Meals
We recommend that you apply for Free School Meals as it will entitle both your child and your child's school to extra funding via the Pupil Premium initiative.
Applying takes just a couple of minutes and if you need any help, the school office will be more than happy to assist.
Am I eligible?
The entitlement criteria from 1 April 2018 is -
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- eligible for Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income (as used by HMRC to assess tax credits) is not more that £16,190. Please note: anyone eligible for Working Tax Credit, or if you have a partner and they receive it, regardless of Income, you will not qualify
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- In receipt of the 4 week run on of working tax credit (this is where someone becomes unemployed or reduces their hours and so is no longer entitled to working tax credit but will continue to receive it for a further 4 weeks and is entitled to free meals during that time)
- Universal credit (provided you have an annual net earned household income of no more than £7,400 as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods). Your net earned income is your household income after taxes and deductions and does not include income from Universal Credit or any other benefits you may receive.
Pupil Premium Initiative
The funding is used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and to raise the standard of achievement for pupils who are, or who have ever been, registered as eligible for FSM as well as helping to ensure social and emotional well being.
The school therefore recommends that you apply to see if you are eligible for FSM after KS1 and therefore the Pupil Premium funding even if it is a on a short-term basis.