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Orchard Park High School

Free School Meals & Pupil Premium

Dear Parents/carers,

Every child has an account. The free school meal entitlement is £2.75. It will be credited by the caterer to your child’s account on a daily basis. This amount can only be spent on that day at lunchtime; it is not available for break. (NB. Any money not spent is not transferred to the following day). You can add more money to your child’s account by topping up their account online.

In order to apply please seek further information from the link below.

All that you will need is the following:

  • Your own name and date of birth
  • Contact details
  • National Insurance Number (or National Asylum Seekers Number)
  • Child's name and date of birth
  • School your child is attending/will attend.

We would be very grateful if you could fill in your details on this form, even if you have applied unsuccessfully in the past, or if you believe you are not entitled to additional funding. The systems re-checks details every term, and will automatically update our records if your status changes.

If you would like help with applying, you are very welcome to come into school and we would be happy to assist you with an application.  

Thank you for your support of Orchard Park High School.


If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits, Please apply for your child’s Free School Meal

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

What is the pupil premium? 

Introduced in 2011 the Pupil Premium Grant is a government initiative where schools receive a sum of money to help disadvantaged students. The purpose of this funding is to raise attainment and close the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers.

Schools are allocated funding using data recorded by the school census. For a school to qualify to receive additional funding a student must have been eligible for free school meals within the last 6 years. Other students who would fall into the pupil premium category include those who have been looked after by the local authority for more than 6 months or those pupils who are children of service personnel.