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Pupil Premium & Covid Catchup Premium 

Free School Meals (FSM) and Pupil Premium (PP)

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

Winterhill School can claim additional funding from the government according to the number of children attending our school who have been: Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years and been in care for 6 months or longer.


This additional funding is called the Pupil Premium and even if your child does not want their free school meal, the additional funding it attracts can benefit them in other ways. For example, Pupil Premium funding can be used to subsidise school trips, provide extra resources, provide a nutritional breakfast every morning and employ more staff to help our students. Please click on the icon above for our full Pupil Premium report on how the Pupil Premium money is being used.

Who is eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium?

All children who are at school; and were under 19 at the start of the academic year; and are claiming or have parents who are claiming:

  • Income support; or

  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance; or 

  • Income related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced from 27th October 2008);

  • Child Tax Credit, but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190; or

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & asylum Act 1999; or

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit


  • Families in receipt of working tax credit are not eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium.

When should you apply?

The Pupil Premium will only be awarded to Winterhill School if you apply for Free School Meals, however, please note your child is not required to have the Free School Meals if they prefer not to. Please apply as soon as you become eligible under the above criteria.

What happens next?

Our reception staff are available to answer any questions you may have, as well as support you in completing the application form (Contact Main school office: 01709 740232)

You can also talk to your child's BFL Leader, who will be able to discuss the process and the benefits for your child should you apply. (Contact main school office: 01709 740232)

1. If you are eligible and not already claiming free school meals, you will need to fill out an application form.

Either click on Icon below (Free School meals application form). You can also pick up a form from the school reception.

(You can either post your completed form to the address on the top of the form or bring it into the school reception and we will process the form for you)

2. On line application form available on the Rotherham Council website.

3. Or contact the council on-line for a form to be sent

4. Or by contacting

Benefits Service

Riverside House

Main Street


S60 1AE

Tel: 01709 336065

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