Financial Support

Free School Meals

Help further enhance your child’s education and obtain government funding for the Chase!

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

The rising cost of living means everyone could use a bit of help.  If you are unemployed or on benefits then you may be able to claim free school meals for your child.

This would not only help you: it would help the school too.

Schools are given additional funding by the Government for every child who gets free school meals.  We want to obtain as much as possible so that we can improve education for all Chase students.

We are aware there are children who attend The Chase School who are entitled to free school meals but do not realise it.  We are also aware that some parents choose not to take up the entitlement to a free school meal.

The pupil premium means that even if you don’t wish to access a free daily meal, applying will mean that this school will receive further funding. At the Chase we use this money to obtain additional staff and resources that help improve the quality of education for all students.

Who can register for pupil premium?

If you receive one of the benefits below that entitle your child to free school meals, you can also register your eligibility with the council so that the school can benefit from additional funding, called pupil premium.

However, you have to apply to see if you are eligible, as you will not automatically get the additional support; you may be eligible for free school meals if you get:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IB-JSA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run on’- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To Register for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Funding please click here.

To Learn About & Register for the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme please click here.


Student Financial Support Policy

The school provides a small sum of money each year to help families who may be in financial difficulty. The aim of this fund is to help the most vulnerable with their education. The policy is to set out fair, transparent and objective criteria for approving such applications and to ensure affordability.

The application form can be completed by a parent/carer or a member of staff in their place. Evidence should be provided to support the eligibility criteria. The application form and any other supporting documentation will be held securely and treated in the strictest confidence. Applying for financial assistance is not a guarantee that the application will be successful. Please allow at least seven days for your application to be considered, processed and the decision to be communicated.


Document Title Date Download
Student Financial Support Policy 2022 18th Jul 2023 Download