Free School Meals

Did you know…

Just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out

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 Rye College gets £600.00 this year.

With this money we could improve teaching facilities and equipment, provide assistance with paying for school trips and also provide assistance with buying school uniform.

Please register now to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?

  1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the 'Do you qualify?' section below.
  2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Reception at Rye College who will help you register.
  3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350.00 a year), extra benefits and the school receives £600.00 extra.
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still receives it's £600.00.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Pupils can also register the Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.

Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.

If you are not in receipt of Free School Meals now but have been anytime in the last 6 years, please let Jo Davis on Reception know as Rye College will still benefit from this extra funding.

For information about free school meals including:

  • Who is entitled?
  • How do I apply?
  • Reviewing your application
  • Part time pupils

Click this link to the ESCC free school meals information page