For every child in receipt of Free School Meals (or registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years), the school receives pupil premium funding. For children looked after by the Local Authority, the school receives further pupil premium funding. This money is to support those children and ensure that they are performing as well as their peers. We spend this money, plus additional funds from school, directly on the children themselves, employing additional support staff and/or resources to work with them to support their learning, and ensuring that pupils are able to fully participate in school. In 2018/19, this funding came to £18,500 and in 2019-20 it was £19,800. Because pupils in Foundation Stage and Years One and Two automatically are in receipt of Free School Meals, they do not automatically attract funding, even when eligible for it. Therefore, if your family meets the eligibility criteria below, please apply (see below).
Even if your child receives Free School Meals or you do not wish to take advantage of them, but are still eligible, please do apply, as it means that the school will benefit from an additional £1300 of support each year, which can be used to support your child.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseekers 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’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
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.
You can apply for Free School Meals on-line at www.rotherham.gov.uk.
Please find below our Pupil Premium Strategy Report