RE: Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

Dear Parents and Carers

RE: Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

As we emerge from a pandemic, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the Free School Meal and Pupil Premium funding programmes that are ran by the Government for schools. Each year the school receives funding from the government to provide additional support and educational experiences for pupils who come from lower income who may experience financial barriers. This funding is called Pupil Premium and can help ensure all children have access to the same opportunities and activities whilst in education.

For every pupil registered at Ridgeway Secondary School we will receive a maximum of £1345 for pupils in years 5 & 6 and £955 for pupils in years 7 – 11. With this money, we could provide more interventions to accelerate your child’s academic progress as well as interventions to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and social emotional skills. If you are successful, not only will it mean your child will receive a free school meal, but we can help in other areas such as with uniform, some school trips, afterschool clubs etc.

The school can qualify for pupil premium for your child if you receive one of the following:

  • Universal Credit provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax If you are on one of the benefits detailed above then we would ask you to complete the application form which may also entitle you to free school meals (even if you child does not want them) by following this link:

If you need any help, please email us on You do not need to send any evidence with your application. The application is confidential and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office.

Yours sincerely

Mr J Worton

Interim Deputy Headteacher