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Free School Meals
The nationwide scheme ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ was introduced on 1 September 2014. Therefore all children attending school in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals, regardless of income or eligibility for benefits. By receiving free school meals you can save over £400 a year and ensure your child is eating a healthy, balanced meal every day. With this in mind could I please encourage all parents/carers in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to sign up for a school meal even if after a week you and your child decide to revert back to packed lunches.
How ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ will affect Pupil Premium
In this financial year, schools will receive £1320 extra for every primary-aged pupil registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Even though all infants receive a free school meal as detailed above, parents/carers still need to make an application for Free School Meals. Children don’t have to take our meals if they don’t want to but, if they are on our Free School Meals register, then they qualify for all sorts of other financial benefits throughout the year.
When a child is on our Free School Meals register, the school receives extra money for that child which has to be spent on raising achievement of free school meals children. This extra money is called the ‘Pupil Premium’ and its purpose is to ensure that children from low income families, service children and adopted children are not at a financial disadvantage during their education as a result of home circumstances.
Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium?
In order for the school to receive the Pupil Premium funding a parent/carer must be claiming one of the following benefits:
Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance
Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) and an annual income below £16,190
The Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit
Asylum Seeker under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How to register for Free School Meals
In order to register your child to receive Pupil Premium you will need to go to the following website and follow the instructions:
Alternatively, you can print a paper registration form from the website or collect one from the School Office