Since 2012 schools have been allocated additional funding in the form of “The Pupil Premium Grant”. This premium provides funding specifically for children from low income families. The purpose of the funding is to raise achievement and improve outcomes for eligible children.
One of the criteria used to calculate this additional funding is the number of pupils at a school who receive Free School Meals (FSMs).
A child may be eligible to receive the Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals if the parent receives any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related 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 (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
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get the Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals.
In common with most schools it is possible that a number of parents/carers whose children attend St Augustine’s fail to claim even though they are entitled to do so. To enable our school to receive the full funding available we continue to remind parents to check if they meet the criteria. This funding will then be used to support their child in school.
How to apply for Pupil Premium Grant/Free School Meals
If you think that your income is low and you receive any of the benefits listed above then download the application form here or collect from our school office to apply for the Pupil Premium/Free School Meals.