Free School Meals & Pupil Premium
Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free lunch every day at school. In addition, many children in all year groups are eligible for ‘Free School Meals’, either because their parents receive certain benefits (e.g. Universal Credit, Income Support or Child Tax Credit), or because their household income falls below a certain level. More information can be found on the following link:
If you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals, the online application process is quick and simple, and can be found at: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/
Once your child is eligible for Free School Meals, there is no need to reapply each year; they will automatically remain eligible until they have finished their current phase of schooling (e.g. Primary).
When a child is eligible for Free School Meals, the school receives additional funding known as ‘Pupil Premium’ (see below).
The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) as of the January Census, or at any time in the previous six years, as well as Looked After Children (LAC), adopted children (Ad) and for service families.
Schools are offered the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium grant as we see fit, based on our current knowledge of the children’s needs. As a school we provide a provision which includes tailored interventions, targeted support with both teachers and teaching assistants. We also provide emotional and social support for those children in need as well as financial support for school trips, clubs, after school clubs and swimming.
At Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School, we use Pupil Premium funding in a variety of ways, including:
- Subsidised sessions at Beehive (our Wrap around Care facility).
- An allocation of free school uniform each year (two Sweatshirts/ Sweatshirt cardigans, two polo shirts, one PE top. You may choose between one polo shirt for winter and one summer dress, or 2 polo shirts), and money towards one pair of school shoes within a twelve-month period.
- Subsidised school trips and visits
- A contribution towards the cost of residential trips.
Bishops Down’s aim is to narrow the attainment gap between Pupil Premium children and Non- Pupil Premium children.
Please click here for our 2022-2023 Pupil Premium Strategy Report
Please click here for our 2021-2022 Pupil Premium Strategy Report