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 received £1300. For children looked after by the Local Authority, the school receives up to £1900 per pupil. 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 to work with them to support their learning, and ensuring that pupils are able to fully participate in school. In 2015/16, this funding came to £23,300. 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, you still need to apply.
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 your child will benefit from an additional £1300 of support each year.
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 and BY CLICKING HERE.
Pupil Premium Strategy Report
The following link takes you to our Pupil Premium Strategy Report which states what we spent last year to close the gap in achievement between disadvantaged pupils in school and non-disadvantaged pupils nationally. It also details how funding has been allocated this year. Click here.