Background on Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium funding, received from the Government, is additional to main school funding. It is the money received for students who are or have been in receipt of free school meals. The amount per eligible student has risen over the last two years and will rise again to £985 for this academic year. The impact of the funding can be seen in a narrowing of the achievement gap between FSM students and others and in the rise of attainment in literacy and numeracy.
School leaders have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in a way which they think will best support the raising of attainment for these pupils; accompanying this freedom is the responsibility to report on Pupil Premium allocation, spend and impact.
Use of Pupil Premium at the Piggott School
Free School Meals
Did you know that your child could qualify for free school meals? That means no bills but delicious, healthy meals for your children.
School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals. As someone else is preparing the meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.
What is more, if your are eligible, you will be helping the school community at large by registering for Free School Meals. For every Free School Meal registration made, the school receives improved funding.
Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods
- 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
Older individuals who have their own NI number who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Did you know…?
….that entitlement to receive free school meals on these criteria applies to all pupils at the Piggott School, including those in the Sixth Form.
…that pupils claiming Free School Meals have a really wide choice of options every day – ranging from a full set meal with pudding and a drink to a Sandwich, Baguette, Jacket Potato or Pasta – all with fruit and a drink.
….that there is no fuss at the tills for pupils claiming Free School Meals. With our new cashless catering system, every student scans their finger/thumb at the till – everyone goes through the identical process. The system is so discrete in fact that even the till operators cannot see the status of student accounts.
To Apply for Free School Meals
Please visit the Wokingham Borough Council - School Meals website page, or view the documents below to read the guidance on free school meals and download an application form.
Once completed, you can attach proof of your benefit and return it to the Main School Office at The Piggott School.