Which pupils qualify for free school meals?
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or 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 (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit
What are the benefits of claiming free school meals?
School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money.
Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered.
What is the pupil premium?
The pupil premium grant is funding provided to schools to help all pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.
Pupils may be eligible if they:
- Are registered for free school meals
- Have been registered for free school meals at any point since May 2010
- Are, or have been, in care
- Have parents in the armed forces
How is the pupil premium funding used?
The pupil premium is not used to pay for school meals. Schools use the funding to improve the attainment of pupils who are eligible.
How can I ensure the school gets the funding?
The more eligible pupils that are registered for free school meals, the more funding the school receives.
Registering does not mean your child has to take up free school meals if they don’t want to.
You should still register for free school meals even if you would rather your child had a different meal, such as a packed lunch.
You can obtain an application form for free school meals by calling the school on 01908 708870 and asking for Lesley Crosby or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the form has been completed, it should be returned to Lesley at school and she will scan and email it to West Sussex County Council. This will prevent any complications with it being lost in the post or not being received by the correct department. When WSCC has reviewed the application, Lesley will notify you of the outcome and a confirmation letter will be sent to you by WSCC. Unfortunately it will not be possible for your child to receive free school meals until full confirmation has been received.
Contact the school
If you have any questions about free school meals, please speak to Lesley Crosby at Oak Grove College.
The government’s website has information about who is eligible for free school meals, as well as information on how to apply.
Apply for free school meals, GOV.UK
You can also read further information about the pupil premium at the following link.
Pupil premium funding and accountability for schools