Pupil Premium

Information regarding Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

Parents who are claiming some benefits can also claim free school meals for any of their children who are attending the school. We know and understand that some pupils or parents may worry about being identified as having free school meals, but please be assured this data remains confidential and it is not possible to identify pupils who are entitled to free school meals.

Even if you do not want your child (or children) to benefit from the free meals, there is still a significant benefit to being registered, as the school will receive additional funding to support your child’s learning. This funding is called the 'Pupil Premium' and is used to enable the school to access greater resources, pupils to receive extra support in core subjects, and much more. More details about Pupil Premium, and how we use it can be found on the school website.

Children attending our school whose parents or carers receive any of the benefits listed below are entitled to free school meals and therefore we would encourage you to apply.

  • 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 with annual Take Home Pay/Net Earnings below £7,400 (which equals £616.67 per month) benefits not included.

The application process is very simple.  You can apply online to get an instant result at http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/schools-learning/local-schools/schoolmeals/freeschoolmeals/. If you are eligible, your entitlement will begin on the day you apply and will last until the end of the school phase your child is in as at March 31 2022. You will not have to reapply during this time.  Alternatively you may contact the school office and we can arrange for you to sign a permission letter enabling us to apply on your behalf and we will notify you of the outcome.

If you apply online and are eligible you will be able to download an eligibility letter. Please provide the school office with a copy of this letter to ensure your child’s eligibility is recorded on the school system. 

Further information is available on the North Somerset website or you are very welcome to contact the Headteacher or Business Manager.