Free School Meals

The school receives extra funding, known as the Pupil Premium; to support students who are eligible for Free School Meals.  Click here to see our Pupil premium report to see how the money has been spent.

From 6 April 2011, children whose parents receive one of the following benefits will be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16 190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). Note – from 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit
Household income above £16,190)
Child Tax Credit
Household income below £16,190)

Child Tax Credit
and Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit on a four week run on Yes
Working Tax Credit
Household income below £16,190)
No Tax Credits but oncome is below £16,190 No – you need to be getting one of the benefits listed above

It is estimated that around 20% of students that are entitled to Free School Meals do not take them.  There may be many different reasons for that, but it is thought a large proportion of those could be down to a supposed stigma.  Here at Patcham High School the dinner money is put on the students dinner card every day, so there is no way other students would be aware.


To find out more or to fill out the application form on-line click here
To get a paper copy to fill out, either use the one from the Welcome Booklet or contact Ms McEvaddy via email or ring her on 01273 503 908 ext 256.