Talbot Avenue, Leeds, LS17 6SF T: 0113 3368585; F: 0113 2693243 Email: email@example.com; www.allertongrange.org
30 November 2011
Dear Parents and Carers,
Did you know ... for every child that is registered as entitled to Free
School Meals, our school will get extra money from the Government?
Claim now to make sure we don’t all miss out!
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families to do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.
For every child registered for a Free School Meal, Allerton Grange gets ?488 this year.
This additional funding will be used to enhance the educational provision in our school.
If your son/daughter is entitled to Free School Meals and you have not already registered, please claim before Christmas to make sure your child and others don’t miss out.
Do I Qualify?
Your child will qualify for Free School Meals if you already receive any of these benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided you 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
What are the Benefits?
1. Your child can have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime, saving you more than ?350 a year in dinner money or saving you the hassle of preparing a packed lunch every day. 2. Once you’ve been told you qualify for Free School Meals the council will also consider you for a School Clothing Grant of up to ?37.50 per child, even if you don’t want your child to take the meals. 3. Getting Free School Meals will not affect any other benefits you are receiving and you can claim in confidence. 4. Allerton Grange will get an extra ?488 to spend for every child that has a Free School Meal award in place, regardless of whether they take it up.
We understand the reasons why some parents may not like to claim. Often people see claiming their entitlement to Free School Meals as “charity” and would prefer to provide sandwiches etc. However, the school can only claim the ‘Pupil Premium’ of ?488 on behalf of students who have a Free School Meal
award in place.
If you have any questions, please contact the Finance Department on 0113 3368585.