Free School Meals

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’.

For every child registered Shevington High School gets £935 this year.

With this money we will be able to continue to provide 1:1 support tutoring for individual pupils in key GCSE subject areas, additional literacy support ensuring that pupils reading ages at least match their actual age and expert additional tuition in areas such as music and other areas including extra classes after school. If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with a number of costs including school trips, transport, PE kit and uniform.

Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list on the next page.
2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact the Benefits team on 01942 828644, email benefits@wigan.gov.uk who will help you to register.
3. 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 that £350 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £935 extra.
4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £935 extra.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. If you feel you need to talk to someone at the school about registering please contact a member of the Pastoral Team:

  • Year 7 Mrs Jones
  • Year 8 Mrs Fairhurst
  • Year 9 Mrs Rice
  • Year 10 Mr Baxter
  • Year 11 Mrs Ashcroft

Do you qualify?

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

  • 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 they 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.

Pupils can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves. Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.
To register, please click the link, and fill in the application form online.