Free School Meals

Is my child eligible for free school meals?

The Government is providing funds to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called the ‘Pupil Premium’.

How does school use the Pupil Premium?

There are many ways we can use the premium funding and most children will benefit from:

  • receiving free school meals
  • accessing discounted extra-curricular activities
  • accessing curriculum enrichment opportunities such as learning to play the guitar
  • vouchers to spend on uniform at the Schoolwear shop
  • subsidies for school trips and residential trips
  • employment of support staff to ensure that tuition groups are kept smaller
  • employment of support staff to ensure children get help whenever they need it, such as with self-esteem, self-confidence and social emotional skills

What if I don’t want free school meals?

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically entitled to a free school meal, regardless of income, but if you feel you think you may be eligible then we would ask you register online so that school will receive the extra funding and we can help in the other areas described above.

Registering for free school meals is the only way school can access this funding to help your child.

Free school meals are available to children of families who are in receipt of:

  • income Support
  • income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • an income-related employment and support allowance
  • support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit

Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period.  This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week (please seek advice about this from the Benefits Agency)

In cases where children receive education who have not attained compulsory school age, there will be a conditional requirement that they receive education both before and after the lunch period, before being eligible to receive Free School Meals.

If you believe your child may be eligible, please register at the Dorset For You website: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/free-school-meals

If you have any questions about any aspect of your eligibility for the funding or our use of it, please speak to to Mr Mason or Mrs Sharpe.