PUPIL PREMIUM/FREE SCHOOL MEAL ELIGIBILITY/ENTITLEMENT
There is a government initiative called ‘Pupil Premium’, where the government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families to do their very best. By registering your child for pupil premium/free school meals, if you are entitled the school receives a monetary donation (maximum of £1320).
You will qualify if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:-
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If your child is eligible for and getting free school meals at any time before 31 March 2022, they’ll remain eligible until this date. You do not need to apply for Pupil Premium/Free School Meals again if you are already eligible at a Bournemouth School.
How do I check if I am entitled?
As the school is now part of Twynham Learning Multi-Academy, the school now liaises with Dorset County Council (DCC), rather than Bournemouth Borough Council, regarding pupil premium entitlement for families. As a result of this, whereas parents/carers used to complete a Pupil Premium Funding/Free School Meal form, they can now check their eligibility and check on-line (there is no form to complete). DCC has an on-line self-check facility on their website (‘Apply for Free School Meals’), which parents/carers can use to check whether they are eligible, or not. The checking process only takes a few minutes and can be found on the link below. You will just need basic information such as child’s name, school and date of birth, as well as your National Insurance Number.
Please click on the below link which will take you to the self-check facility to check whether you are entitled:-
If you think you may be entitled, or just wish to check, please help us by taking a few minutes to find out if you are eligible via the self-check facility. This really does help us.
If you are already eligible and the school is aware, you do not need to apply again.
If I am eligible, can I get any help from the school?
For families who are eligible, there is the opportunity to claim a free item of school uniform each year (please ask at the school office or make an appointment with our Family Support Worker) and the school will fund things such as school trips and school clubs.
I cannot apply on-line, I do not have access to the internet or would like some help
If you have any questions please ask at the school office (Tel. 01202 424585) and we can make you an appointment to meet with our Family Support Worker, who will happily help you with the on-line self-check process at school.
This will be dealt with in complete confidence.