Pupil Premium & Free School Meals
It has never been easier to apply for Free School Meals. Click here to link to the Cambridge County Council website for clear guidance on how to apply on line. The application form is easy to complete, but we can help you with this at school if you would like further assistance.
Pupils who receive free school meals have £2.30 placed on their Cashless Catering at the start of every school day. This can be spent at breakfast club, break or lunchtime in the canteen. The pupil cannot be identified as receiving free school meals when they use their biometric identity so the process is completely private.
When you register your children for Free School Meals, the College will receive a sum of money from the government for each child. This is fund is called Pupil Premium.
The pupil premium currently stands at £935.00 per child per year and is used to help fund a range of educational benefits for pupils across the school such as targeted small group interventions, additional pastoral support, or inclusion in school activities such as extra-curricular clubs, school trips, and music lessons.
Should you wish to obtain more information from the academy regarding Free School Meals, please contact Helen Ford in our accounts department. HFord@sawtryva.org. For Pupil Premium queries directly to the Deputy Head Lesley Daniel. LDaniel@cmatrust.net
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 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.
The document below outlines the budgeted spend using pupil premium funding for the years 2014-15 at Sawtry Village Academy.