Free school meals and the pupil premium

Find out if your child can get free school meals and how to apply, and understand how to get extra funding for your school.

We ask all parents whose children go to school at Chilmark to find out if their child can get free schools meals and to register for Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium funding goes directly to the school and pays for things like school trips, clubs, or additional teaching assistants to provide extra support and 1 to 1 tutoring.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for every child who is eligible for free school meals throughout their time at school.

Pupil Premium funding is around £1320 per primary school child and around £935 per secondary school child.

This money makes a really important difference to schools and the eligible pupils. We report on how we spend the money  in the 'accountability' section of the website.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

You should apply for Pupil Premium funding if you receive income support, tax credits or the other benefits shown on this page so that the school will get extra funding.

All children up to Year 2 automatically get free school meals.

If you think your child might be entitled to the Pupil Premium funding, download and complete the application form below and return it to the  school office.

Children in Year 3 and older

You can apply for free school meals and Pupil Premium from Year 3 onwards if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as 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)
  • Universal Credit