You may have noticed in the news recently that schools all over the country are struggling with funding problems. Over the years for various reasons, Cornish schools have been comparatively poorly funded. The amount of money that our school receives is controlled by the Department for Education who allocate money to Cornwall. This is put through a formula by the County Council to decide our final funding allocation. Largely there is nothing we can do about this…


There is one thing that you can do to help us – if you are eligible for free school meals and have not applied for any reason then I would urge you to do so.

There is a TRIPLE BONUS to this: not only will this bring in additional money to the school in the form of a Pupil Premium payment for 6 years to support children, but every child registered for Free School Meals increases our base funding and all Pupil Premium children receive a personal budget of £100 per school year!

It’s a WIN, WIN, WIN situation!

If you are unsure, please contact Mr Paton at school who will be able to advise you.

Click here to apply for free school meals, the pupil premium and £100 personal budget


Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you (or the child themselves in their own right) is in receipt of any of the following benefits.

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers’ Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Child Tax Credit with an Annual income of less than £16,190.
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Support
  • Universal Credit

Please note that anyone claiming Working Tax Credit, Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance is NOT eligible for free school meals, regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed.

However, you will be temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run-on, which is the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.