Free School Meals
All Infant School children receive a free school lunch (called Universal Free School Meals); however if you are a low income family or receive benefits, you maybe entitled to Pupil Premium (also known as 'Free School Meals) and it is important to apply for this funding through the Leicestershire County Council if you are entitled to do so as this enables our school to vital “Pupil Premium” funding.
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment. For more information on how we spend our Pupil Premium allocation and the impact it has please see our pupil premium page (under the information tab menu option).
What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is a grant allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll in January 2012 that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years. Each of these pupils attract a specific amount of funding each year which must be spent on them to improve their education. Schools will have the freedom to spend the premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for those pupils who are eligible.
If you complete an application and your child is entitled to "Free School meals", we will support your child further by helping provide the following:
- A uniform package set each school academic year consisting of 2 x jumpers/cardigans and 2 x polo shirts (This would cost you approximately £45 per year to purchase yourselves).
- Free School milk A 189ml serving of milk each day, every school day (after your child's 5th birthday this would cost you around £40 per year).
- Reduction of costs for trips and activities during the school year.
You can claim your "Free School Meals" for your child if you receive one of the "Qualifying Benefits" listed below:
- Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Income Support (IS)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Based)
- Child Tax Credit, provided the annual taxable income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue is not in excess of £16,190. Families who also receive an award of Working Tax Credit do not qualify to claim for free school meals
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Children who receive Income Support (IS) or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals
We are aware that there a number of parents that do not take up the opportunity for their children to receive free school meals. This could be for a number of reasons which may include that their children prefer packed lunch or that they feel their child may somehow be stigmatised by receiving free school meals.
We would firstly like to reassure parents that receiving free school meals is a completely confidential matter and children who receive free school meals receive exactly the same dinner as a child who is not receiving free school meals. Secondly, your child does not have to have the school dinner provided and can carry on with their usual arrangement.
The school and your child benefit hugely in receiving the Pupil Premium funding.
Temporary qualification for free school meals.
From 1st May 2009 where a parent has been entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, they will be eligible to claim free school meals over that period.
To apply you MUST complete a hard copy application form (copy below) and send it to the Leicestershire County Council. Information can be found on http://www.leics.gov.uk/free_school_lunches or contacting School Food Support:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0116 3056588 / 0116 3057093
- Postal address: School Food Support Service, Room 400, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8RB
If you have any queries or require assistance in registering for FSM, please pop into the school office where we will be happy to help you.