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Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant – Free School Meals/Ever 6/Pupil Premium Plus (was LAC/AFC) Service Child/Catch-Up Funding

Pupil Premium Grant is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their peers.

Pupils receives Pupil Premium if they are in receipt of Free School Meals or have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years, classed as Ever 6.  The College also receive an enhanced premium for Children Looked After (those who have been in care or adopted) this is now known as Pupil Premium Plus.  The Service Premium is a smaller fund available to assist the school to provide pastoral care to the children of armed forces personnel. 

The College receives Catch up Premium to support Year 7 pupils whose performance at Key Stage 2 in either Reading or Mathematics suggests that they may struggle to access the Key Stage 3 curriculum in full.  Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, in the best way to benefit their pupils.

At Melbourn Village College we are committed to treating each pupil as an individual ensuring all pupils can succeed and thrive and reach their full potential.  We have a designated Pastoral Liaison Officer who oversees the spending of this fund and coordinates the spending within the various departments in the school.  The funding is spent in many ways such as; English, Maths & Science interventions, regular mentoring, support for educational and enhancement trips, school uniform, counselling, transport where needed, resources to support their education, music lessons and our enrichment programme.  Our Pupil Premium strategy, impact and expenditure will be reviewed at the beginning of each academic year by looking at results, pupil progression, interventions and spending allocations.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Willder or Mrs Daly who is the Pastoral Liaison Officer for Pupil Premium & Young Carers if you require more information.  All inquiries are treated in the strictest confidence

ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS - A new income threshold was set from 1 April 2018 for families in receipt of Universal Credit.  The threshold is now £7,400 net (take tome) and this change means more low income working families will be entitled to Free School Meals.  All children that become entitled under the new criteria from the 1 April 2018 up to the completion of the roll out of UC (March 2022), will also continue to receive Free School Meals until the end of current school phase. i.e. If a child in March 2022 is in Year 9, they will receive Free School Meals until end of Year 11, (end of Secondary Phase).

All children receiving Free School Meals under the old criteria will continue to receive Free School Meals until the end of the UC roll out in March 2022, and until the end of their current school phase.  i.e. If a child in March 2022 is in Year 9 they will receive FSM until end of Year 11, (end of Secondary Phase)

We would encourage all pupils who are eligible to Free School Meals that they claim their entitlement. £2.35 is put on to their lunch account every day, so pupils cannot be identified as receiving free school meals so the process is completely private.

We appreciate uniform can be expensive to replace and it is very easy to make do with an alternative such as wearing non-school logo items. As a school we have a store of uniform items – logo trousers, skirts Jumpers and some PE Kit items. We are very grateful to our parents for donating uniform back to us that their children have outgrown. If you require any items for your child, please contact Mrs Daly all enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Follow the link below to apply for Free School Meals:


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