Free School Meals
While all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England are entitled to a free meal in school, some children are ALSO entitled to free school meals due to their parents circumstances. Not only does this provide those children with a much-needed free meal at lunchtimes, it also provides the school with extra funding for your child's education.
This is called the Pupil Premium and is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the achievement level of pupils. This means your child's school will receive an additional £1,320 every year for six years from the Government to support their education if your child would have been entitled to free school meals because of your family income. This money must be spent on your child, but it is for the school to decide how it is spent.
Waltham Forest Council ask all parents and carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 whose children attend school in Waltham Forest to complete a universal infant free school meals form and return it to their child's school. They will then be able to confirm throughout the year whether the school is entitled to the additional Pupil Premium funding for your child.