free school meals / pupil premium


Free School Meals

Your child may be entitled to free school meals if you receive 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

Did you know that registering your child for free school meals means that the school gets extra money? The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered, the school gets £950 (2019/20) to be used to support their learning.

How does it work?

If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime, that’s great – they will get the free school meal (saving you more that £350 a year) and the school gets £950 extra.

If you don’t want your child to have the free school meals, they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets extra funding for your child.

Please remember you must qualify and register for free school meals for the school to receive the extra money even if you do not want your child to have the free school meals. Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

Registering for free school meals is confidential. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

A free school meals application form can be downloaded here or collected from the school: Free School Meals Application Form


Pupil Premium grant

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding given to schools by the Department of Education in order to help support and further raise the achievement of pupils who are in one of the following categories:

  • Pupils currently eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • Pupils who have been eligible to claim for free school meals within the last six years
  • Pupils in Local Authority Care or who have previously been in Local Authority Care
  • The children of members of our Armed Services

The funding is given directly to schools, and schools are encouraged to use it in ways that will promote the progress, attainment and achievement of Pupil Premium learners, and to help secure their performance at GCSE.

In the academic year 2019/20, St Joseph’s received £149,367 and this has ensured that the outcomes of those in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant continue to improve. Pupil Premium learners at both KS3 and KS4 are achieving and exceeding target grades across the curriculum. If students are identified as needing extra support, the Pupil Premium grant can enable this to happen in a variety of ways.

St Joseph’s has used our allocated grant in a variety of ways:

  • Employment of further teachers and teaching assistants so that all pupils not achieving their target grades in Maths and English can have small group intervention, facilitated by experts
  • A contribution to the salary of the Wellbeing Officer for all pupils
  • Guaranteed access to and funding for school trips
  • Funding so all pupils can have access to extra-curricular trips and activities that are offered by St Joseph’s
  • Grants for uniform upon application
  • Access to the National Tutoring Programme for Year 10 and 11
  • Prioritised access to the Independent Careers Advisor and support with work experience placements
  • Supply of learning equipment across the school
  • Revision resources at KS4
  • Access to any summer schools that St Joseph's are running

Each student is recognised as an individual and we work hard to meet their needs accordingly. The effectiveness of the interventions offered for pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant are constantly reviewed.

Further details are available in our Pupil Premium Grant Strategy.