Dear Parent/Carer

Dear Parent / Carer

We are aware that this uncertain time may have caused additional difficulties for our families. If your financial circumstances have changed you may be eligible for Free School Meals.

Children whose parents are receiving any of the following are entitled to Free School Meals:

* Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods);

* Income Support (IS);

* Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);

* Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA);

* The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit;

* Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;

* Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which does not exceed £16,190);

* Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right can also get Free School Meals.

You can find more information by following this link:


On the web page there is a link to the Devon Citizens Portal where you can make a claim. Alternatively, you can ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

The government have recently announced they will continue to support families with Free School Meals over the summer holiday period this year via the Edenred voucher system. More guidance on the use of these vouchers can be found in the attachment.

If your child qualifies for Free School Meals, it’s important that you tell the school – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables the school to claim Pupil Premium.

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to state-funded schools in England to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The grant is funded by the government and is worth up to an extra £2,300 per pupil. The money is not awarded to individual pupils; it is allocated to the school to direct how it feels best to serve all the pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

There are four elements to the Pupil Premium Grant:

1. Free School Meal eligibility;

2. Service children;

3. Adopted from care, special guardianship order and residence order;

4. Children in care.

Bideford College does not automatically receive Pupil Premium Grant funding for all eligible groups, we have to apply for this based on our knowledge of our students. If you are new to Free School Meals, or are eligible due to categories 2 or 3 as above, please contact the school to confirm this via your child’s Head of House.

Yours faithfully

Anne-Marie Conroy

Associate Assistant Principal

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