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Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

All infant school children in the following year groups are entitled to Free School Meals: 

  • year R - reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2

Free School Meals for children in year 3 and above

Free School Meals are available for children in year 3 and above whose parents receive any of the following:

 

  • Income Support 
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based) 
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based) 
  • Child Tax Credit based on an income below £16,190
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit 
  • Asylum Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (up to an annual net income of £7,400)

Children who receive these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get Free School Meals.

 

Use this Government online checker to see if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

 

Please click on the following links to apply for free school meals in your area:

 

Bournemouth

Christchurch

Poole

Who does not qualify?

Families who receive any level of Working Tax Credit are not entitled to Free School Meals.

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil Premium is additional funding that the Government gives to mainstream and special schools in England to help children from low income families. If your child qualifies for Free School Meals because you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed in the section above, the school will receive additional funding. It must be spent to help eligible pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially, and the school will decide how best to spend this. Schools will receive the following funding for eligible pupils:

 

  • £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils