free school meals / pupil premium

Free School Meals
Who is entitled to free school meals? 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

Did you know that registering your child for free school meals means that the school gets extra money? The Government is giving 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 £935 (2017/18) to be used to support the learning of your child.

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 £935 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 £935 extra.

Please remember you must qualify and register for the 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 below or collected from the school.

Free School Meals Application

Pupil Premium
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
  • 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 pupils, and help secure their performance at GCSE. In the academic year 2016/17, St Joseph’s received 143,185 and has ensured that the outcomes of those in receipt of the Pupil premium Grant continue to improve. In 2016/17, 50% of disadvantaged learners achieved a standard pass (Grade 4) or above in both English and Maths. Disadvantaged learners at KS3 are achieving and exceeding in both English and Maths, as shown in the below.

St Joseph’s has used the money allocated 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
  • Creation of a KS4 Breakfast Club which provides mentoring and support for PP students
  • A contribution to the salary of a Pastoral Support Assistant for all pupils
  • ActivePlus life skills programme for identified year 7 and 8 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

Further details are available in our Pupil Premium Grant Strategy

The effectiveness of the interventions offered for pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant are constantly reviewed.