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Free School Meals

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Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Please note: If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

If you believe your child may be entitled to receive free school meals, you simply need to fill in an application form supplied by your local council. The council will then inform the school, and provide the funding.

At Ashfield School, students receiving free school meals are anonymous as a daily payment is made directly to a student’s account and they ‘pay’ for their food using the cashless ‘finger’ system.

For more information or if you would like to apply for Free School Meals from Nottinghamshire County Council, please click the link below:

Free School Meals

For further school related support from Nottinghamshire County Council, please click here

If your child is in receipt of Free School Meals and you need any further support for your child at Ashfield School please contact gemma.heald@ashfield.notts.ch.uk

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Pupil Premium

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their “disadvantaged pupils”. Evidence shows that children from “disadvantaged backgrounds”:

  • generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • often do not perform as well as their peers

The government has announced that pupil premium and service premium rates will remain unchanged for the financial year 2021 to 2022. From April 2021, pupil premium allocations for mainstream and special schools will be calculated based on the number of eligible pupils recorded by schools in their census in October 2020.

Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have from the following groups.

  • Free School Meals (and those who have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years)
  • Looked after and previously looked-after children
  • Service premium - every pupil with a parent who is currently serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

Schools can also use the pupil premium to support other pupils, for example, if they:

  • are in contact with a social worker
  • used to be in contact with a social worker
  • are acting as a carer

The pupil premium is designed to allow schools to help “disadvantaged pupils” by implementing measures to improve their progress and ensure all students meet their potential. Strategic allocation of Pupil Premium funding has led to a marked increase in progress for various groups of students at Ashfield School, measured by both internal assessment data and external examination outcomes.

Assistant Head Teacher Mrs Heald has specific responsibility for the Pupil Premium. Her role includes:

  • Implementing and overseeing strategies to support our students during their school lives; these range from whole school plans to individual bespoke support
  • Working with pastoral teams to set up systems looking at promoting attendance and punctuality, rewarding good behaviour, providing appropriate pastoral support and ensuring everyone has the correct uniform
  • Working with faculty teams to support learning both in and out of the classroom; with teaching support, targeted interventions, homework support, IT support and curriculum enrichment
  • Working with the Head of English, School Literacy Lead and Librarian to ensure Literacy and Reading are a high priority at Ashfield School
  • Communicating with parents regarding in school support (particularly Free School Meals support during National Lockdowns)
  • Review and reflect on long term strategies and on-going practice to ensure they are making a positive impact
  • Regularly tracking and reporting on the progress of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups
  • Overseeing the Pupil Premium budget
  • Reporting to Governors on the Pupil Premium

The progress of all students maintains a high profile at classroom, leadership, whole school and governance level.

Gaining deeper understanding from external agencies such as the Education Endowment Fund and the Sutton Trust has allowed us to offer a broad range of support and strategies to enhance the progress of our students. The Education Endowment Fund recommends that Pupil Premium support be comprised as below, the KEY mechanism of support for our students is to focus on Quality First Teaching:

Full details of our plans and provisions, plus a review from last year are attached to the right of this page.

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