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Free School Meals

Is My Child Eligible for Free School Meals?

All children at Key Stage 1 access a free lunch through the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals Scheme (UIFSM). 


This is different and separate to Pupil Premium Free School Meals (PPFSM), which provides funding for education as well as free meals. Your child may be entitled to PPFSM if you are in receipt 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 guarantee 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


If you are eligible for PPFSM, please make sure you claim them even if you have a Key Stage 1 child who already has a free meal. Claiming PPFSM means that a significant amount of funding will be provided to the school's budget which enables us to offer educational support, a fully funded place at Breakfast Club, contributions towards school clubs, trips and general school expenses. PPFSM allows us to provide the best possible opportunities and support to all our Pupil Premium children.


What is Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


Financial year 2020 to 2021

In the 2020 to 2021 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:

  • Schools get £1,345 for every primary age pupil, or £955 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.

Schools will also receive £2,345 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 

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,300 rate.

Service Children: Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence with receive £300.

This year we are receiving £25,793

We review our spend at the end of each academic year using both external and internal data, attendance, wellbeing and pupil voice amongst others.


Please click the link below to apply for Pupil Premium Free School Meals.

Kent PPFSM Online Application