Please find below information about the various ways in which the school is able to help families who may be in need of some financial help.

Pupil Premium

Here at Backwell School we offer financial support to Pupil Premium students. Applications may be made by parents/carers whose child/children qualify for Pupil Premium funding (i.e. they currently receive free school meals or have done so in the last six years) or who are eligible for Child Tax Credits. Students who are in care or in service families also qualify for Pupil Premium funding. 

Support can include:

  • Free breakfast (to the value of 50p) and breaktime snack (to the value of 50p) from the school canteen. 
  • Vouchers towards school uniform.
  • Financial support towards the costs of school trips, supplies and activities. 
  • Funding towards the costs of Music lessons.  
  • Academic support in Maths and English 

Further information about Pupil Premium and details on how we spend our Pupil Premium funding please visit our Pupil Premium page.
 

Free School Meals

Students attending North Somerset Schools whose parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits are eligible for free school meals:

  • Income Support.
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and do not have an annual gross in excess of the current threshold of £16,105).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after their parents stop qualifying for Working Tax credit.
  • Universal Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.

If you think that your family circumstances qualify your child/children for free school meals you can apply online direct with North Somerset Council by clicking on the following link, which will take you to the Council's 'Free School Meals' page on their website:

Click here to apply for Free School Meals.  

Important ... Please note that entitlement now runs for one term only.  North Somerset Council have changed the way in which they operate and now require parents to apply for free school meals during each school holiday, ie before the term starts. (There are six terms per academic year).  Furthermore, claims cannot be backdated.

If you have any difficulties making a claim online, please contact the school who can help you with your application

Students claiming free school meals are also entitled to free breakfast (to the value of 50p) and breaktime snack (to the value of 50p) from the school canteen.

 
Financial Assistance for school activities

We recognise that some parents find it difficult to fund the costs of school activities or resources, so we allocate a small amount of funding to provide financial assistance to those parents/carers whose child/children qualify for Pupil Premium funding (ie they currently receive free school meals or have done so in the last six years) or who are eligible for Child Tax Credits.  

Applications for financial assistance must be made using the Financial Assistance form below only when costs/fees associated with learning or school trips are actually known and must be accompanied by a letter from North Somerset Council confirming eligibility for free school meals.

Financial Assistance Form (September 2017)

 

Wider financial assistance

We may be able to offer exceptional financial assistance, i.e. if you are not in receipt of either free school meals or Child Tax Credit. Please complete the Financial Assistance form above once you know the cost of the trip or activity for which you require support.
 

School Fund

We run a school fund, which is covered entirely by parental donations. This fund is used to support students with extra-curricular activities as well as developing the school environment. All donations to the school fund are gratefully received – please contact the Finance Office for more information, or alternatively please complete a School Fund Donation form and return to the Finance Office.

 

Useful forms

16 - 19 Bursary Fund Info and Application Form (2017-18)