Universal Infant Free School Meals
From September 2014 the new nationwide scheme ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ will be available.
This will mean that all children attending school in Reception, Year 1, and Year 2, will be entitled to free school meals, regardless of income or eligibility for benefits. By receiving free school meals you can save up to £400 a year and ensure your child is eating a healthy, balanced meal every day.
How Universal Infant Free School Meals will affect Pupil Premium
In the 2014/15 financial year, schools will receive £1,300 for every primary-aged pupil registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
We’d like to remind you that if you are what the government terms ‘on a low income’ your child qualifies for free school meals. Students don’t have to take our meals if they don’t want to but, if they are on our Free School Meals register, then they qualify for all sorts of other financial benefits throughout the year.
When a student is on our Free School Meals register, the school receives extra money for that student which has to be spent only on the education of free school meals students. This extra money is called the Pupil Premium and its purpose is to ensure that children from low income families are not at a financial disadvantage during their education as a result of home circumstances.
Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium?
In order for the school to receive the Pupil Premium funding a Parent/Carer must be claiming one of the following benefits:
• Income Support
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance
• Child Tax Credit (but no Working Tax Credit is being received by the claimant or his/her partner and the combined annual income as assessed by HMIR on a TC602 form is not above £16,190)
• The Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit.
• Asylum Seeker under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Universal Infant Free School Meals does not apply to Nursery aged children. They will continue to receive free school meals only if they meet the eligibility criteria.
For children in Year 3 to Year 14, the Parent/Carer will continue to apply for free school meals based upon the eligibility criteria found on our website.
If you have any questions please contact the school office.