Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium
The national framework for supporting young people from families facing hardship to reach their full potential in education uses free school meals as a guide for further support. If your young person has been entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years they will then in turn be eligible through funding provided to school directly (called the Pupil Premium) for further support. A more detailed explanation as to how this support works please see our Pupil Premium statement below.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get 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
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Applying for Free School Meals
Parents and carers must apply for free school meals through their local authority website. Applications from within Cheshire East can be made by following this link: https://synergyweb.cheshireeast.gov.uk/Website/Enquiries/Citizen/FreeSchoolMeals.aspx . We are unable to provide free school meal entitlements ourselves unless an application has been approved. If you are applying and need more help or guidance please contact Mr A Bennett (Assistant Head Teacher) via phone – 01625 871 811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 – 2021: Our focus at Poynton High School
True social justice occurs with the realisation of a world in which all members of a society, regardless of background, have basic human rights and equal access to the benefits of their society. There is substantial evidence that more socially just countries are successful across a broad range of measures, including educational outcomes, productivity, health, and crime rates social justice is not about artificially supporting the weakest in society; it is about designing a society which draws effectively on the talents of all its members, and reaps the benefits of doing so. With this focus, our Pupil Premium strategy is tailored to develop and enhance the progress of our ‘disadvantaged’ cohort of young people, tackling the barriers that restrict many of our young people and offering a platform for success which reflects the true ability of each and every student within our learning community allowing their talents to thrive.
A growing body of evidence outlines the negative impact of the global pandemic on the widening achievement gap developing nationally between young people from ‘disadvantaged’ cohorts and their peers. It is vital that we act both nationally and on a school level to ensure that social justice is sought and a more meritocratic system is established. Measures must be taken to ensure that young people are not disadvantaged in the blended curriculum needed as part of actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our Pupil Premium strategy will remain fluid as we strive for the best outcomes, both in wellbeing and academic achievement for our young people.
Please find our full strategy statement below.