This area of the website will contain all of the relevant documents and information connected to the school’s use of Pupil Premium funding.
Free School Meals
As you will be aware, all children in Key Stage 1 have been entitled to free school meals funded by the central government since September 2014. Therefore, there has been a decline in the number of families applying for the benefits related free school meals which also attracts a pupil premium payment for our school.
The Government has released National data and research which suggests that children eligible for free school meals can tend to do less well, for example in 2014 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early year’s foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Pupil Premium will provide us with extra funding to close this gap.
Pupil Premium is, therefore, a really important payment for schools and a good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children.
Schools can use the funding in any way they choose to improve the quality of education that we provide for children who are eligible. This could include, for example, additional training for our staff, investing in partnership working with other colleagues and specialists to further our expertise, purchasing additional resources or deploy staff.
If your family meets any of the criteria below we would encourage you to apply, as not only will your child receive additional support in school, they may also be eligible for other benefits within the school.
You can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for. Your claim will be automatically processed if you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction and get any of the qualifying benefits.
Your child is eligible for Free School Meals (& Pupil Premium) if you get one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers 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
- Child Tax Credit provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross
Income of no more than £16,190 (as of 2014 financial year) as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Applying is easy! You can apply in two ways:
- Visit Rotherham.gov.uk to apply for free school meals
- Phone the school office or pop in and speak to the office staff who can offer support in filling in the form in online in a private space in School. All applications will be treated in strict confidence.