If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we’ll receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.
What is pupil premium funding?
Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:
At Trinity Primary School we get an extra £1,345 for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals and an extra £310 for every pupil with a parent in the armed forces. This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.
For example, we’ve previously used pupil premium funding for:
Is my child eligible for free school meals?
Your child might be eligible if you access:
Universal infant free school meals
Currently, pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal thanks to a different government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). You shouldn’t confuse UIFSM with free school meals and the pupil premium.
If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and is eligible for free school meals according to the criteria above, you should still register because we’ll receive the extra pupil premium funding.
Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.
How do I register?
If you think your child may be entitled to Pupil Premium, either complete the attached application form or obtain one from the main reception and return it to the office.
You only need to register once at the school.
For more information about pupil premium please click the link to the Department for Education's website and also read our Pupil Premium Strategy, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year.
If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact Mrs Manning (Pupil Premium Lead)