Pupil Premium & Free School Meals
If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we will 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 is provided for pupils who:
- Educational provision/resources
- Academic interventions
- Wellbeing and self-esteem building interventions
Is my child eligible for free school meals?
Your child might be eligible if you access:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or 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 grossincome of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
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 schools 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?
Registering is really quick & easy – if you think you qualify you can apply
online at https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals you can ask for a Pupil Premium application form and we can apply on your behalf, this can also be found on our website for you to download.
No one will know that you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
- Application_Pupil_Premium.pdf (104.42 Kb)
- PP_Report_2015-16.pdf (206.35 Kb)
- PP_Report_2016-17.docx (76.63 Kb)
- PP_Report_2017-18.pdf (133.74 Kb)
- PP_Report_2018-19.docx (64.23 Kb)
- Pupil-Premium-Strategy-Greatstone-2019-20-1.pdf (185.99 Kb)
- Pupil-Premium-Strategy-Greatstone-2020-21.docx (62.87 Kb)
- Pupil_premium_statement_21-22-Draft.pdf (112.3 Kb)
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches pupils who need it most. Looked after children, children of forces personnel and children adopted from care are also included in the grant.
Schools have the freedom to spend this funding as they see fit based upon the knowledge of their pupils needs:
Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individuals (Source DfE website)