Parents may be aware that schools receive additional funding from the government, known as pupil premium, for children who are entitled to free school meals. This money allows us to provide extra staffing resources and smaller group sizes and also to subsidize trips and activities. This funding is currently £1,300 per child each year. Last year the school received an additional £180,700 which is based on the free school meal numbers as of last January.
We want to make sure that we have all eligible children registered for free school meals before the next head count in January. Our current free school meals numbers would see our funding reduced by approximately £50,000 Since the introduction of Universal Free School Meals for infants, many families have not registered their child with the city council. Also some families do not claim as their children prefer to have packed lunch. Once registered children can still choose to have packed lunch and also have fun Friday dinners or special occasions dinners when they wish. Please could all parents check the eligibility criteria below to decide if you have children at school who are eligible but not registered.
Mrs Memon in the Foundation Stage will be able to help anyone to register by phoning the council or filling in the form. Please come and see her and she will be happy to help. The form is also available to download or can be completed on line by clicking on the links below.
Apply online: www.leicester.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
By applying for free meals, you could raise valuable extra funding for your child’s school through the Pupil Premium. It is therefore important to complete this form even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and gets a free meal automatically, in order to ensure that the school receives as much funding as possible.
You do not need to renew your application each year unless your child is a sixth form pupil. Once granted, your child’s free school meals will continue until they finish Year 11, unless your circumstances change and you no longer meet the qualifying criteria. You do not need to send any proof of benefits to us at this stage. If we do need to see evidence at any time, we will contact you.
Claims can only be processed upon receipt of a fully completed, valid application form, and cannot be backdated. Please ensure that you sign the form before sending it to us.
Pupils who are in foster care are not entitled to free school meals if their foster parents are paid a fostering allowance.