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How to check if you are eligible for free school meals

Is your child eligible for free school meals and additional funding to help with their education?

If you are currently in receipt of benefits or you believe that you may be classed as a low-income family, please follow the instructions below to check if your child/children are eligible for free school meals. The process takes less than two minutes and does not require any of your financial details.  There are no difficult forms to fill in and no information about your income/benefits is ever given to the school.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, the school will receive additional funding for your child/children which will be used to support them to help them reach their full academic potential in a variety of different ways.  This funding is known as pupil premium.  In addition to being eligible for free lunches, the funding can also be used to pay for after school clubs, school trips (including the Year 6 residential trip which is paid for in Year 5), violin or guitar lessons or music exams.

Whether you would like your child to have a free school meal or bring in their own packed lunch from home does not make any difference to the school receiving the additional pupil premium funding to benefit your child.  Therefore, we ask that any parent from a low-income family (or who thinks they may be eligible) checks using the website, as soon as possible, as pupil premium funding cannot be backdated. 

Instructions for how to check if you are eligible

  • Go to https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/  Select CHECK ELIBIGILITY then on the next page click PROCEED (you do not need to create an account) then select BRENT and OUR LADY OF GRACE JUNIORS

 

  • On the next page it will say OVERVIEW – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the box to say that you have read the privacy notice

 

  • On the next page enter your first and last names and your national insurance number (or National Asylum Seeker Service number)

 

  • If your child/children are eligible for free school meals, a certificate will be generated that you can print off and send in or email it to the office.  Mrs O’Carroll or Mrs James will then help you with the straightforward form that needs to be signed.

 

If you do not have access to the internet, we can do the check at school with you. 

More information about whether you might be eligible can be found here https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

If you require any help with applying or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come into the office or contact Mrs Hart on the phone or by email to Parents@ologjuniors.brent.sch.uk as she can do the eligibility check with you in complete confidence.

 

 

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