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Pupil Premium 

Pupil Premium/Free School Meals

Pupil premium/free school meals is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

What does this mean for an Ellowes Hall student?

Each student who is in receipt of pupil premium/free school meals funding increases the amount of money Ellowes Hall receives to use in its budget. This can be used to increase staffing, provide funding for more opportunities, provide breakfast club provision and support families who require assistance at different times.

Why should I apply for free school meal funding? Who knows if my child is in receipt of this funding?

If you are eligible, by applying you are helping us to help your child and your family. Students in receipt of pupil premium/free school meal funding are known to the school and our staff but this information is not shared with any other person or student.

Free School Meals

Free school meal applications can be made via the link at the bottom of the page

Mr. Harris (Assistant Headteacher) is also available to discuss this with you prior to you applying and can answer and questions that you have about how the funding is used and how we support students in receipt of this funding.

If you get any of the following support payments your child may be entitled to receive free school meals:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Working Tax Credit Run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Universal Credit (you must have less than £616.67 a month net earned income (after tax - and not including any benefits) ​

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be entitled to receive free school meals.

What support Ellowes Hall currently offer

  1. Breakfast club every day from 8am. Students can have a free bagel and/or hot chocolate if they wish.

  2. Black country foodbank. We can provide three weeks’ worth of emergency food vouchers to any family who is going through a crisis.

  3. Uniform. We can on occasions provide financial support for uniform items. We can also provide used uniform which has been donated by students who have left.

  4. Trips. We can on occasions provide financial contribution towards the cost of school trips.

  5. Attendance rewards. Students are rewarded for improving their attendance with items such as chocolate, breakfast vouchers, stationary sets and vouchers.

Who should I speak with if I need help or have questions?

  1. Head of Year

  2. Mr. Di Bernardo (Assistant Headteacher)

Free School Meal Applications

Click to access application form via Dudley Council

For further information you can contact the Free School Meals Team by:

Telephone - 01384814988

Email -

Visiting - Dudley council plus - Castle Street Dudley

Pupil Premium Review & Strategy

Click to download our most recent Pupil Premium review and strategy

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