The pupil premium is additional funding for schools in England given by the government to raise the attainment of certain pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This funding provides the school with more opportunities to support your child as well as providing your child with Free School Meals. It is funding that we, at St James Hatcham, can directly use to further the educational experiences and chances for your child.

We have used this funding well in the past few years to ensure that our Pupil Premium pupils attained at least at national expectations to give them the best start in life. Last year, in the Early Years Foundation Stage profiles, Pupil Premium pupils achieved higher than their peers and higher than Pupil Premium pupils nationally. This demonstrates the success of the early intervention planned for last year.  At Key Stage Two SATs, Pupil Premium pupils had an average point score just above that of their peers, and well above that of all pupils nationally. 100% of Pupil Premium pupils made expected progress from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 in ALL areas and 50% of these pupils achieved more than expected progress in Reading and Maths and 33% achieved this in Writing.

Who is eligible?

To qualify for free school meals families must be receiving one of these:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Based Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Section VI of the Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, without any entitlement to Working Tax Credit, and with an annual income below £16,190.

Lewisham has no discretion in providing this benefit and works strictly to government legislation. Free school meals will continue as long as you receive a qualifying benefit. You do not need to reapply each year.

How to apply

To apply, call us on 020 8314 6221 – we will be able to tell you immediately if you qualify and schools will be notified by the end of the next working day. Lines are open from 10am-4pm.

We can also assist you should you have any difficulties in completing the forms.

You can also:

  • download the form online or send us an online enquiry and we will post you a form at:

  • contact your child’s school directly
  • visit any Lewisham AccessPoint.

When to apply

Free school meals cannot be backdated, so you should apply as soon as your children require free meals.

Contact the Department:

Pupil support

Tel: 020 8314 6221