Free School Meals (FSM /
Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG)

Free School Meals

PDG Impact Report (anonymised) for 2017/2018: Report

Click here! FSM Application Form
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals it means they can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the cost and the fuss of making packed lunches. 

School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. Our Cooks prepare the meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.  

Your child may be entitled to receive Free School Meals if you are entitled to one of the following: 

    • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 
    • Income Support 
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit 
    • Support under the Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
    • Universal Credit

Savings for your family
If you were planning to pay for your child to have school meals or are already doing so, you could save around £350 per year if your child qualifies for Free School Meals.

Think of the time you can save
If your child is eligible and has Free School Meals instead of packed lunches, you could save up to 190 hours a year, which is the time needed to make packed lunches that meet the nutritional standards of school meals.

To make sure your child doesn't miss out,
Contact: Free School Meals
Telephone Number: 01633 647715
Email address:

Pupil Deprivation Grant

Since 2012 the Welsh Government have been providing additional funds for schools to tackle national priorities for education.

The three national priorities are:

1. Reducing the impact of poverty of pupil attainment.
2. Raising standards in literacy.
3. Raising standards in numeracy.

Each school in Wales is allocated a sum of money the 'Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG)' based on the number of pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM).  In 2016 - 2017 Griffithstown Primary School was allocated £58,545.

The grant is to be utilised to overcome any additional barriers that learners from 'disadvantaged' backgrounds face which may prevent them from attaining as well as their peers.

Each school is required to publish how this grant is utilised on sustainable interventions to improve the attainment of children who may be disadvantaged due to family financial circumstances or background.

At Griffithstown Primary School our allocation in 2017-2018 will be used to:

  • part cover the cost of salary for three teaching assistants who will work exclusively on 'intervention' activities:
    • maths and English
    • communication skills
    • behaviour
  • employ a Home / School Liaison worker to work with targeted families to improve attendance

At Griffithstown Primary School, we have high expectations for all our pupils and aim to ensure that the necessary support is focused on individual needs of each and every child.

All parents can be reassured that all children are treated fairly and equally and that all information in relation to the PDG is treated with discretion and confidentiality.