As from September 2014 All children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to Universal Free School Meals.
However, for some of those children, schools will also be able to claim Pupil Premium, which will help provide further support for those children. The criteria for eligibility is the same as, and comes from, what is the free school meal criteria from Key Stage 2 onwards.
This criteria for eligibility is where parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more benefits:
Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Families in receipt of Child Tax Credit will also qualify provided that (a) they are NOT,entitled to Working Tax Credit, and (b) their annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs does not exceed £16,190 (subject to annual review)*
Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
No other benefits qualify for free school meals from Key Stage 2 and/or pupil premium from Key Stage 1.
A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for pupil premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and HC3S has an on-line system for this.
Go to www.myschoollunch.co.uk/hampshire and follow the link for 'free meals'
To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:
Name, home address and email address
National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number
Child'sChildren's name(s), date(s) of birth and the school(s) their child/children is, or will be attending.
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools. To find out more please click on the Pupil Premium tabs on the school website.