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Free School Meals
While many of our students already receive Free School Meals (FSM), there are, due to the economic downturn, many more families who will be eligible to receive FSM who have not yet applied. The benefits of being eligible are now even greater than ever with the introduction of the Pupil Premium. This is an additional fixed sum of money which the school receives for every student who is eligible for Free School Meals to provide other benefits which may include subsidised or free extra-curricular activities, trips and additional tuition in particularly the core subjects.
From the school’s point of view, it is incredibly important that families, who are eligible for Free School Meals, claim them even though the free meal may not always be taken. Our cashless card system is discreet and there is no way that students can find out who has a free school meal and who doesn't.
You are entitled to these benefits, so make sure your child does not miss out!
If you are receiving any of these benefits or credits, you will be eligible:
- Income Support (IS)
- Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
- Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as accessed
- by HMR&C) of less than £16,190
- Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance (IBJSA)
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
If you recently become unemployed but are still receiving Working Tax Credits you may still be entitled to Free School Meals for a four week period only, please call 0845 155 1019 for advice.
The following benefits do NOT qualify for FSM: Contributions based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Child Benefit.
To claim you can ring 0845 155 1019 with your National Insurance Number, date of birth, name and child’s details, or you can download a printable application here:
When you apply, you won’t need to provide any evidence of your benefit, Devon County Council, who administer applications for Free School Meals, can check your eligibility status for you.
The school receives a sum of money based on Free School Meals + 6 (anyone taking or having taken FSM in the last 6 years), students whose parents are in the services or those who are Looked After. This is a proxy measure designed to address performance of students who are deemed to be suffering or at risk of deprivation. It is not a direct relationship of a sum of money attached to a particular child. However, the school must use the pupil premium money to address progress of any students who we deem to be at risk of deprivation inhibiting their learning and progress.
The school spends significantly in excess of the sum we receive to support these students.
The money is spent on:
- Reducing class sizes in maths and English through years 7-11
- Buying in additional tutors to release key maths and English staff to provide small group targeted intervention
- We pay for a member of staff to work for three days a week in both maths and English to provide specific intervention work.
- We have an Alternative Curriculum Manager who provides a highly personalised in-school package of support and qualifications for students
- Providing financial support to families to pay for subject specific materials or trips/visits to enable students to access the full curriculum
- We provide one-to-one tuition for students in specific areas in which they are not making progress
- We support families financially to enable their children to access the full range of extracurricular activities.
- We buy in the services of counsellors
- We pay for identified students to re-sit examinations
- We assist families in purchasing specific equipment or resources needed to follow certain courses such as in technology.