Free school Meals
You may be aware that the government allocates additional funding to schools. One of the criteria used to calculate this additional funding – known as the Pupil Premium – is the number of students at a school who are eligible to receive Free School Meals (FSMs). In common with most schools it is likely that a number of parents whose children attend this school fail to claim FSMs, even though they are entitled to them. As the school will receive additional funding based on the number of students who receive FSMs, I am writing to all parents to ask them, if they believe that they may be entitled to claim FSMs for their children and do not already do so, to make a claim. As I am sure you will agree the students at this school can only benefit if we are able to attract additional funding.
In order to claim FSMs a parent must be claiming one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-Based Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) is being received by the claimant or his/her partner and the combined annual income as assessed by HMI RonaTC602 form is not above £16,190
- The Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit.
- Asylum Seeker under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
To make it easier for parents / carers to check whether they are entitled to FSMs we are making available a system called Link2ICT which enables you to go on line and check your eligibility as often as you wish. For further information, there is also a Link2ICT User Guide which can be downloaded using link below.
If you would prefer, this check can be carried out by the school office staff. All you need to do is complete the Free School Meals application form (Click on link above) and return it to Mrs Whipps, Office Manager at Erith School. Once the office staff have completed the check you will be contacted if your child is entitled to FSMs but not currently receiving them.