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 receives £955 each year.

For looked-after children and those previously looked-after, we receive £2,345.

For children record as 'service children' or receiving a pension from the Ministry of Defence, we receive £310. 

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 £400 a year).
  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 the Pupil Premium.

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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190);
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit;
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).

Children 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 Reception know as we 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   

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