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Pupil Premium Funding

Free school meals are available to all key stage one pupils and to children whose parents receive certain benefits.

These include one or more of the following:

  • income support;
  • income-based Jobseekers' allowance;
  • income-related employment and support allowance;
  • income-based and contributions-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis;
  • child tax credit, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit, and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190;
  • support under part VI of the immigration and asylum act 1999;
  • guarantee element of state pension credit; or
  • universal credit - during the initial roll-out of the benefit.

Where parents are entitled to working tax credit during a four-week "run-on" period immediately after their employment has ceased, or after they have started to work fewer than 16 hours a week, their children are entitled to free school meals.

Children who receive income support or income-based Jobseekers' allowance in their own right are also entitled to free school meals. 

If you meet the above criteria, apply by using the  application form (pdf / 189 KB). Applications are usually processed the same day. If your child is entitled to free school meals you will receive a letter confirming the date when the meals will start. The school will also be notified. You should continue to pay until confirmation comes through. Schools may be able to arrange reimbursement of payment made while your entitlement is being confirmed. If you are not entitled to free school meals, you will be notified in writing.

Free school meals claims cannot be backdated. They are awarded from the date we receive the application, once eligibility is confirmed.

If you have moved to North Yorkshire from another authority area, your entitlement to free school meals does not automatically transfer. You will need to re-apply to us.

Universal free school meals for infants

From September 2014 all children in key stage one, which includes reception, year one and year two, are entitled to a free school meal. Parents who are on benefits and meet the above criteria are still encouraged to  apply for additional funding (pdf / 328 KB) known as pupil premium funding. This benefits the school and helps increase your child's attainment. For further information on free meals please contact your child's school.

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

At Ainderby Steeple CE primary School, we realise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals, be looked after or service families. We allocate Pupil Premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority classes, groups or individuals.


In 2017-2018 we have 10 children and were given £10,560

Please click here to see the planned expenditure for this year.


In 2016-2017 we had 7 children and were given £9,240 

Please click here to see the planned expenditure for this year.


In 2015-2016 we were given £12,460 (9 children from Reception to year 6)

Funding was used to:
    Maintain staffing to ensure 4 small classes with additional support in the Rec/Year 1 class.
    Provide small group intervention programmes to ensure targeted children make at least expected progress.
    Ensure disadvantaged children have access to all school activities.
    Purchasing additional resources to support children in class


Reading: All 9 children made expected progress

Writing: 8/9 children made expected progress 

Maths: 8/9 children made expected progress in maths 


In 2014-2015 we were given £13,807 (10 children)

Funding was used to:
    Maintain staffing ensuring 4 smaller classes with support in each class
    Ensure all targeted children could access activities
    Continue to provide intervention programmes for targeted children where needed

Reading: All children made expected or better progress
Writing: All children made expected or better progress
Maths: All children made expected or better progress

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