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Exhall Cedars Infant, Nursery & Preschool

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Exhall Cedar's Infant School

Exhall Cedars Infant Nursery & Preschool

Learning and Growing Together


Pupil Premium

All children in Reception, Year One and Year Two are entitled to a

FREE school meal EVERY day.


However we still ask parents to register to see if your child is ELIGIBLE for a grant called Pupil Premium (Free School Meals).


Without this money we would be unable to continue these extra-curricular activities/level of support.

We are aware that sadly Covid and current Cost of Living Crisis has had a big impact on many of your family home finances,

so now it may be time to consider applying to the Free School Meal Scheme for your child.  


If your family circumstances have changed recently you may now be eligible.


You only need to apply ONCE! The new system will check the entitlement automatically, unless you choose to withdraw.  


Your child will receive FREE daily meal (which ALL infant school children already receive) and FREE school milk.


During the Summer holidays and Half-Term holidays, eligible children received supermarket vouchers, energy vouchers and free access to HAF club (holiday club).  




The school office is now able to complete the application on your behalf with a written consent.

Pupil Premium


Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. 


Information can be found here: Pupil premium - GOV.UK ( 


Are you eligible for Pupil Premium?


Free Schools Meals and Pupil Premium Information


Currently, pupils in Years 1 and 2 as well as Reception children all receive free school meals, these are paid by government funding. This provision is called Universal Free School Meals or UFSM.


In addition to this funding, parents in low income families or those that are unemployed can also apply for Pupil Premium funding so that their children can receive free school meals in subsequent school years (Year 3 and onwards). Pupil Premium funding can also give children access to some discounted educational trips and events throughout their school years.


Please read on to find out how to check if you are eligible and if so,  how to apply for this financial support.




The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.


If you qualify, your child/children can receive free school meals and curriculum enrichment opportunities such as nurture, workshops. If you are registered for Pupil Premium you may also get help with the cost of day trips and residential trips. In addition to the above support, you will also receive financial help with the cost of your child's first school uniform.


For every child registered, Exhall Cedars Infant School gets £1,320 this year. This additional funding allows us to provide an even better education for your child through the purchase of additional resources or staff to support learning.


Are you eligible?


You can register your child for Free School Meals if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Please note you are not eligible if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit.


How to apply:


  1. Registering is really quick and easy – you can apply online at and get an immediate answer. If you are eligible, your child’s school will be notified the next day.
  2. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal, saving you more than £450 a year.
  3. If you don’t want your child to have the free school meals, they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, you still get discounts for some educational activities from the £1,320 extra the school receives.
  4. If you have any problems with applying for this support, please contact our school office on 02476316034.


No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


The information that you supply to register for Pupil Premium will be held securely and will only be used for the purpose of establishing entitlement to Pupil Premium, as allowed by law, to verify your initial and continuing entitlement.