All schools receive extra funding from the government to help certain groups of children do as well as they should in school. 

Is my child included in the Pupil Premium cohort? 

There are four factors which will determine this: 

  • Free School Meals
  • Adoption
  • Service Child
Children in the care of the local authority i.e. living with foster carers or in residential children’s homes. 


1. Free School Meals 

If your child has received free school meals at any time from May 2012 to the current date then they will be included in the Pupil Premium cohort. 

Who is entitled to Free School Meals? 

If you are on benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals no matter what year they are in which could save you £465 per year per child. Year 10 pupils in Leeds have recorded a series of videos on free school meals and the benefits of eating a healthy meal at lunchtime, which are available to view on YouTube

You are entitled to free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support
  • income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax 
  • the ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year 
(after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • if your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll continue to receive them until they move to a new stage 
of school, such as from primary into secondary school 

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals. Please note: People receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of their income level, do not qualify.

To find out if you are eligible, call Leeds Welfare and Benefits Service on 0113 222 4404 or look at the information and claims forms available from Leeds City Council's How to Claim Free School Meals page.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the secondary phase of schooling. 

For non-Leeds residents please ask the Finance Office at School for an application form.


2. Children adopted from care or who have left care 

This applies if your child was looked after by an English (or Welsh) local authority immediately before being adopted, or they left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). 


3. Service Child 

Children whose parents serve or have served in the armed forces are eligible for the service child premium. 

We recognise that for some of these groups the information is very confidential. We therefore invite parents, carers and guardians to contact us in the strictest confidence if they believe their child is eligible under the adoption criteria; or if you have served in the Armed Forces, and have not notified us, please let us know. 

Please submit the information for the attention of Catherine Beaton, Director of Administration and Finance. Mrs Beaton may be contacted by phoning the school office on 01943 872315 or by emailing [email protected]