Free School Meals & Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium and how can you apply?

The Pupil Premium is a grant available to schools if students are eligible for free school meals. This grant is paid directly to the school to improve the academic attainment of students. To apply for free school meals, use the link below which directs you to the Hertfordshire County Council website:

Apply for Free School Meals

Hertfordshire County Council will notify the school directly if you have been successful in your application. Please also contact the school finance department to make us aware of an application. Please see the information on the Hertfordshire County Council website regarding eligibility for Free School Meals. In most instances once an application is made the free school meal is available until the end of secondary school.


What does Pupil Premium funding help with?

Richard Hale School offers a tailored support package which varies from student to student. Currently, we are supporting a range of different things including lesson and revision resources, help to fund educational trips, musical instrument lessons and uniforms.  The Pupil Premium grant will be used to effectively understand and reduce barriers that students may experience in their school life by working with families to help overcome this. Please do get in touch to get further information or to have an informal discussion about supporting your child. Please contact the school office.


Support with Uniform

The school will consider requests for support with school uniform on a case-by-case basis. If you do require support with obtaining items of uniform, please contact your son’s Head of Year.  

The Parents’ Association is able to supply a wide range of good-quality used uniform and games kit at very reasonable prices. To purchase used uniform, there are sales at various times throughout the year or, if urgent please email to arrange a convenient time to view the uniform.

School Uniform Requirements


School Trips

The school recognises the importance that school trips offer to students to extend their learning outside of the classroom. As such, we will offer support to students to help to fund trips.

At Key stage 3, we will support students to attend the Y7 Activity Week in Bude, Cornwall and in Key stage 4, trips that are compulsory to complete the GCSE subject course, such as the GCSE Geography NEA fieldwork.  All trips and visits are granted on a case-by-case basis with varying levels of support. Some curriculum and educational trips will have more positive outcomes than others and as such applications are more likely to receive higher funding than others. 


Looked After Children 

All Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children are entitled to Pupil Premium Plus funding. To access Pupil Premium Plus, the school will require evidence of adoption. The school will meet with all adopted children and their parents to discuss the student’s educational and pastoral needs and how the Pupil Premium Plus funding can support.


Statutory Information

Pupil Premium Strategy for 2023-24