Free School Meals
Your child may be entitled to free school meals, or a premium to assist with their education. Even if your child does not wish to eat free school meals but is entitled to, the Academy could receive funding of £935 per year to help with tuition, resources, coaching and extra assistance.
Pupil Premium is a government grant which is paid to schools and academies. It is allocated for children who have been eligible for free school meals at any time during the previous six years or for children who have been looked after continuously (in local authority care) for more than six months. This grant was introduced in April 2011, and information is taken from the school census, which consists of data collected from all schools.
Entitled families that register for free school meals (even if the meals are not eaten) could raise an extra £935 per pupil, which could fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you receive 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