Pupil Premium Funding

From 01 September 2014, all infants (Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) have been entitled to receive a free school meal regardless of what benefits are claimed by their parent/carer.

However, if you are in receipt of benefits your school may be entitled to receive additional funding (Pupil Premium) to support your child. For pupils in Years 3-6 it  will also entitle them to a free school meal. Pupil Premium is additional funding that the Government gives to schools for each pupil where they are deemed to need further help. The money must be spent on that pupil to support their education, but it is for the school to determine how it is spent.

To see if your child is entitled to Pupil Premium, please check your eligibility below.

Are You Eligible?

There are currently 9,000 children in Cornwall in receipt of free school meals and in doing so are securing Pupil Premium funding for their school.  However, we believe that there are many more that may be eligible.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals (and Pupil Premium for their school) if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits.

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers’ Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an Annual income of less than £16,190.
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Support
  • Universal Credit

You are temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run on – this is the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.  In order to qualify for free school meals after the four week period expires, you will need to be in receipt of one of the other qualifying benefits listed above.

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

What would make me ineligible?  Please note that anyone claiming Working Tax Credit, Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance is NOT eligible for free school meals or Pupil Premium, regardless of what other credit/benefits are being claimed.

If you think your child is entitled to a free school meal and pupil premium funding, please complete the online application form by following this link to the local authority application page.

Annual Pupil Premium Statement

It is a statutory requirement for schools to publish an annual Pupil Premium Statement. This provides information about funding allocated to the school and how it has been spent. It reports on the challenges identified within the school and the provision implemented to improve outcomes in these areas for disadvantaged pupils. At the end of the year, the impact of this provision is evaluated.

2023/24 Pupil Premium Statement for Harrowbarrow School




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