Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Here at Castle Carrock School we are committed to providing the best education for each and every child and we strive to do so daily.
But we can do even better – with your help.

What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Since the introduction of free lunchtime meals for all Key Stage 1 pupils, numbers of parents actually registering as eligible for Free School Meals have dropped away. This means school may be missing out on linked funding that could enrich the lives of our children further.
In short, since 2011, the Government has given extra money to schools to help children from low income families. This is called Pupil Premium and it is there to ensure all children realise their true potential and no one misses out.
For every child registered as eligible for Free School Meals (regardless of whether you wish to take them), Castle Carrock School gets an extra £1,300 a year.
Adopted and looked after children and those with parents in the Armed Forces are also eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
This could mean extra teacher support, improved resources, financial assistance for parents/carers were applicable; indeed, a whole host of things that will improve attainment levels. Details of how this money is spent is published here. 

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone in reciept of:

  • Income Support (IS);
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);
  • An income-related employment and support allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of April 2012 does not exceed £16,190. Note: from 1st May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the 4 week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to Free School Meals;
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals and Clothing Grants.

Income muse be below £16,190 per annum.

How to Apply:

Parents must apply for free school meals regardless of whether or not they take them.

Apply online at www.cumbria.gov.uk by clicking here. Alternatively call 01228 606060 and ask for a paper application form to be sent out.