Pupil Premiumis additional money allocated to schools in England to raise the attainment and improve outcomes for receiving pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. If you do qualify, we would urge you to take up the entitlement as this will support the entire school.
There are 3 categories of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding:
Children in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any stage in the last 6 years,
Children who are registered as looked after,
Children whose parents are serving in the armed services.
Does your child qualify?
From 1 April 2018, free school meals in all West Sussex academies are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
Working Tax Creditrun-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Once a child is confirmed as eligible for Free School Meals ,they areautomatically registered for Pupil Premium. Children remain registered for Pupil Premiumfor six years after they no longer qualify for Free School Meals.
Please click here for further information from West Sussex County Council.
Why apply for Free School Meals?
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals, even if you are not receiving any of the benefits listed above. If you are eligible for benefits-related free school meals in accordance with the above criteria, however, please continue to apply, as this will enable us to claim the Pupil Premium funding. Please note that children who are eligible for free school meals can still bring in a packed lunch from home if they prefer. Pupil Premium children may also be entitled to;
a free school sweatshirt or cardigan
one free extra-curricular school club each year
subsidised residential trips (depending on individual circumstances)
funding for music lessons and towards instrument hire (depending on individual circumstances)
How do I apply?
Please click here to apply online. You can also apply in writing with a form available at the school office. All that is needed is your National Insurance number. Our staff can be available to help with the completion of forms or to organise a translator in a number of languages. You can also contact Mrs Farrelly or Mrs Bullen who are Pupil Premium leaders in the school.