'We promise to shine together.'
Let the light of your face shine upon us - Psalm 4:6
The cost of a school meal is now only £2.30 per day - £11.50 per week
Should you have any queries or problems with regards to school meals, or if your child has any specific dietary needs, our Catering Manager will only be too happy to talk to you. You can contact them via the Academy Office.
REMINDER - Children will have water to drink with their meal.
If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we’ll receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.
What Is Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:
Are you registered for school meals
Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
Are, or have been, in care
Have parents in the armed forces
At St Mary’s Academy, we get an extra £1,385 for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals. This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.
Is My Child Eligible For Free School Meals?
Your child might be eligible if you access:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or 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
Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
Universal Infant Free School Meals
Currently, pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal thanks to a different government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). You shouldn’t confuse UIFSM with free school meals and the pupil premium.
If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and is eligible for free school meals according to the criteria above, you should still register because we’ll receive the extra pupil premium funding.
Does My Child Have To Eat The Free School Meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.
How Do I Register?
You only need to register once at the school.
To register, please visit the Suffolk County Council via the link: Apply for Free School Meals
For more information about pupil premium go to our website, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year.
If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact the Academy Office via email: email@example.com.