Apply for Free School Meals / Pupil Premium

ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND PUPIL PREMIUM

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS) or you are a pupil receiving the benefit in your own right
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four 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 free school meals.

YOU CAN CHECK IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE ONLINE HERE

OR GET IN TOUCH WITH BENEFITS INFORMATION

  • Email: Benefits@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0300 123 7021, Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm
  • By post: Revenues and Benefits Department, PO Box 187, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH34 9DB

If your child may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please register them; even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean our school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that can be used to help your child's education.

 

What is Pupil Premium?  

This funding is to provide additional support to pupils who are: entitled to or who have been entitled to Free School Meals in the last 6 years; those who are ‘Looked After’ by the Local Authority; those that have been adopted; or those who are ‘Service Children’.  

The aim of the funding is to ensure that each child’s attainment is maximised and their educational experience enhanced.  

Funding 2017/18

In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order
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Contact the School

The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED

Main Contact: Mrs H. Broom, Executive Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 355 1546
head@acornswhitleyfed.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs N. Hearne

SEN Email: 'nhearne@acornswhitleyfed.cheshire.sch.uk

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