• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Free School Meals (FSM)

It is easy to apply for Free School Meals. Guidance and information on how to apply for Free School Meals can be found on Cambridgeshire County Council's website here. The application form is easy to complete, but please contact us if you would like further assistance.

Pupils who receive free school meals have £2.35 placed on their canteen account every school day. This can be spent at break or lunchtime in the canteen. The process is private and the pupil cannot be identified as receiving Free School Meals when they use their biometric identity.

When you register your children for Free School Meals, the College will receive a sum of money from the government for each child. This is fund is called Pupil Premium.

If eligible for Free School Meals, families can save around £450 a year per child.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is currently £935.00 per child and must be used by the College to help fund a range of educational benefits for eligible pupils such as with targeted small group interventions, additional pastoral support, or inclusion in school activities such as extra-curricular clubs or school trips.

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.

The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Further information can be found of the County Council website, here.

The Pupil Premium policy, strategy report and impact report can be found in the side panel. 

Catch Up Premium 

The literacy and numeracy Catch Up Premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2.  The Catch Up Premium report can be found in the side panel.

Further information can be found here.

Pupil Premium and FSM