Every child in an infant school is entitled to a 'universal free school meal'. Therefore, all our children are offered a daily free school meal.
The government also allocates additional funding to schools in the form of 'Pupil Premium'. One of the criteria used to calculate Pupil Premium funding is the number of pupils at school who receive Free School Meals (FSM) which is not the same as a universal free school meal as mentioned above. In common with most schools it is likely that a number of parents/carers whose children attend Nether Green Infant School fail to claim FSMs, even though they are entitled to them.
You may be entitled to claim FSMs for your child and he or she may well be able to access some things in school free of charge such as:
- financial support to purchase items of school uniform
- financial support for educational trips, visits, visitors
- financial support for extra-curricular clubs such as Judo or Art
- access to additional support for your child's learning and/or well being
In order to claim FSMs a parent/carer must be claiming one of the following benefits:
- income support
- income related Employment and Support Allowance
- income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (but no Working Tax Credit) is being received by the claimant or his/her partner and the combined income as assessed by HMIR on a TC602 is not above £16,190
- the Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit
- Asylum Seeker under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
If you think that you are eligible to apply for FSMs for your child, or if you are not sure, you can contact Sheffield City Council Free School Meals Administration team on 0114 273 5705 or it's quicker, easier and secure on line via the 'Education' page on the Council website: sheffield.gov.uk. Our school office staff are also happy to help you too.