Pupil Premium/Free School Meals

If your child is registered for ‘free school meals’, St Mary’s will receive additional funding known as ‘pupil premium’. We use this additional funding to improve the educational provision and resources at school.




What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil Premium funding is provided by the government to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.

 The Government provides funding for pupils who:

  • are presently registered for free school meals
  • have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • are, or have previously been in care
  • have parents in the armed forces

St Mary’s receives an additional £1,320 for each eligible pupil. This additional funding makes a real difference to the quality of education we offer.


How is Pupil Premium used?

At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, if your child receives the Pupil Premium, we can use this to help you with the cost of extra teaching support for your child’s learning.

For example, we have previously used Pupil Premium funding to:

  • improve educational provision and resources
  • provide additional, targeted, academic intervention programmes
  • offer targeted self-esteem building programmes
  • provide counselling services
  • offer subsidies for year 4 and year 6 residential visits
  • music tuition
  • extra-curricular clubs 




Is my child eligible for free school meals?

Your child might be eligible if you access:

  • Income support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (but are not entitled to working tax credit) and your family income is less than £16,190
  • 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)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Does my child have to eat the free school meal?


Pupils who are registered for free school meals can continue to bring a packed lunch from home. By registering your child, St Mary’s will still receive the additional funding that can support your child in other ways.

How do I register?

To check your child’s eligibility is a very simple process as follows:

Telephone Cheshire East on 0300 123 5012

Apply online at https www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/free_school_meals.aspx

Cheshire East uses the Government eligibility checker to confirm your entitlement and successful claims can begin on the same day eligibility is checked.