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Free School Meals

Eligibility Criteria for Barley Croft to receive Pupil Premium (Free School Meals)

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:


  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit


Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.


If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.


If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, you can apply in a number of ways:

  • Collect a form from the school office
  • Phone the Local Authority on 0116 454 1009
  • Apply online (see link below)


Universal Free School Meals

From September 2014 every child in Reception (Foundation 2), Year 1 & 2, in state – funded schools will be offered a free school lunch.


The funding is not for nursery children (Foundation 1).