Free school meals and Pupil Premium
Check if your child is entitled to Pupil Premium funding
The Government pays for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to receive a hot school lunch – regardless of the family’s income. These are known as Universal Infant Free School Meals.
Any child in Years Reception to 6 may be entitled to Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, if you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
· Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
· 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 state Pension Credit
· Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Apply online to check if you are eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
To find out if you are eligible, please apply using the online form on the West Sussex County Council website. The Council will notify you and the school if you are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are entitled, the school will also receive Pupil Premium funding for your child, which can help to pay for your child’s school trips, breakfast club and after school clubs and buying school uniform.
How the school uses Pupil Premium funding
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings: to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
This will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are able to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However as a school we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Please see the reports below to see how this money has been spent across the school.