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Pupil Premium - Support for your child


Qualifying families should register for Pupil Premium Funding and/or Free School Meals with the County Council.  Pupil Premium funding is used to provide extra support and learning opportunities.

Children in Key Stage 2 do not benefit from the Universal Infant Free School Meal offer, however families on low incomes and/or in receipt of the benefits listed below are entitled to Free School Meals. 

Please note if you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period after your employment ends, or you start working less than 16 hours a week, your children will be eligible for free school meals.

If you are eligible for free school meals on 31 March 2018, you will receive free school meals until March 2022, regardless of any change in your circumstances while the Department for Education (DfE) rolls out Universal Credits. There is no need for you to re-apply during this time, even if your child moves schools within Cambridgeshire.

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit - but no element of Working Tax Credit - and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (as from 1 April 2018)

Please ensure that you register even if your children are in Key Stage 1 as the school will receive additional funding per pupil where families are identified as being eligible for Free School Meals, enabling us to provide a wide range of additional support. 

Who to contact for further help

If you need further help, you can contact the Council’s Education Welfare Benefits Team for information about:

  • benefits which support children financially while at school or college
  • applications for free school meals

Education Welfare Benefits Team
New Shire Hall
Emery Crescent
Enterprise Campus
Alconbury Weald
PE28 4YE

Telephone: 01223 703 200

It is easy to apply online, please click here to be redirected, or you can speak to the Education Welfare Benefits Service on 01223 703 200.

Please see below for downloadable application forms.