Are you eligible for free school meals?

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.   For every child registered, Castle Hill Primary School receives funding which enables us to provide additional support and resources, for example, extra one-to-one tuition, new equipment and materials for pupils or provide extra classroom support. If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with costs to support your child’s education and achievement. For example, the pupil premium can help fund the cost of school trips, extra-curricular activities and books.

Please register to make sure your child and others in their class and the school don’t miss out.  No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


New guidance, which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals, will be available from 1 April 2018. This reflects the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits. The guidance includes information on how pupils currently claiming free school meals, or who will claim during Universal Credit roll-out, are affected.

The new guidance is available here.