Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

If your child is eligible for free school meals and you register them for Pupil Premium funding.  As a school, we use this extra funding to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.

What is pupil premium funding?

Pupil premium funding from the government is given to school to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background of financial situation.  It's provided for pupils who:

  • are registered for free school meals
  • have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • are, or have been, in care
  • have parents in the armed forces

At St Philip's, we receive an extra £1,320 for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals.  This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.

We have previously used pupil premium funding for:

  • educational provision and resources
  • academic interventions
  • well-being and self-esteem building interventions

Is my child eligible for free school meals?

Your child may be eligible if you access:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or 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 entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Universal infant free school meals

Currently, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal thanks to a different government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM).  You shouldn't confuse UIFSM with free school meals and the pupil premium.

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and is eligible for free school meals according to the criteria above, you should still register because we'll receive the extra pupil premium funding.

How do I register?

If you want to claim free school meals, click here to be directed to the Stockport Council application form.

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