The Government provides funding for students who fit in the Pupil Premium categories of free school meals (including those who are no longer eligible for free school meals but have been eligible in the last 6 years), looked after students, those students adopted from care and children of service personnel. The purpose of this is to narrow the attainment gap between students where evidence shows that they underachieve in comparison to their peers.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Funding is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students.

· If you think that your child might be eligible for free school meals, click HERE to find out more from Cheshire East Council website.

If your child has been adopted, please let us know in confidence by phone (01270 758870) or email

Sandbach School strives to attain the highest standards and ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners.

Pupil Premium Funding is a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and, in particular, to help close any gap in attainment where this exists. The circumstances of students eligible for Pupil Premium vary significantly and students can face many different barriers to educational achievement. For some there may be financial barriers to learning which are overcome by the school providing resources and work aids. For others there may be self-esteem and self-belief issues which can affect their motivation and achievement.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy details how we plan to improve the attainment of all of our students who have some degree of disadvantage during 2022-23. You can view our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2022 – 2025 by clicking HERE.

A range of support is available to help families and students experiencing financial hardship.

Please take a look at the information provided on this page in order to make sure you are receiving your full entitlement.

Free School Meals

The Government is allocating funding to schools to support students from lower income families to do their very best. This funding is called the ‘Pupil Premium’ and is allocated, in part, on how many students receive free school meals. With this money we can enhance the opportunities and support offered within school.

If your child is registered to receive free school meals then:

· Your child can purchase healthy food and drinks from the school canteen at break and / or lunchtime to the maximum of £2.85 per day. This is a saving of up to £542 per year.

· You will be eligible to receive support for the costs of a school trip or visit.

· You will be eligible to receive support with uniform costs when your child first comes to the school in Year 7.

Do you qualify?

You may register your child for Free School Meals if you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed on the Cheshire East website – it is not just if you are unemployed. Click HERE to check whether your child is qualifies for Free School Meals.

Students may also register for Free School Meals if they receive any of the benefits listed themselves. Come and talk to us if you are not sure.

No one will know your child has been registered to receive free school meals and this will not affect any other benefits that you claim.

Register your child today

Registering is really quick and easy. If you think you qualify, click HERE to find an online form on the Cheshire East website.

16-19 Bursary Fund

Schools with Sixth Forms have been allocated a small sum of money to make bursary payments to post 16 students. Full details of the Sandbach School 16-19 Bursary Fund are available to download at the bottom of this page, together with an application form. If you are on a low income, you may also wish to contact East Cheshire council to check your entitlement to a range of other benefits, including Free School Meals.

Additional information regarding support for post 16 students is available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency ( ).


The Sandbach Sixth Form Bursary Factsheet and the application form are also available to download from the Sixth Form website: