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Orchard School Bristol

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

2 November 2020 - Food Vouchers

During October 2020 half term Bristol City Council made food vouchers available to children in Bristol who are usually eligible for Free School Meals.

Applications for these vouchers will close at the end of the day on Friday 6 November.  

You CANNOT get vouchers from schools but you can request them by phone on 0800 694 0184 to:

  • ask for vouchers
  • be referred to a food bank, for short term support in a financial crisis
  • be referred to a FOOD club, for help feeding your family
  • find out more information about community or voluntary organisations that can provide food

Update April 17th- Free School Meals voucher scheme

As from Monday 20th April we will move to a national voucher Scheme for those who are eligible for free school meals.  You will receive an email from Edenred that will provide you with a 16 digit code that you can use to redeem your voucher and choose your supermarket eGift code.  For full details of the scheme please refer to the link below.
If you have any queries please email

For Coronavirus impact on Free School Meals, please click  HERE



Your child could be entitled to receive free school meals, as well as pupil premium funding for the school. Please read this important letter from Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees for more information about how to claim. Somali and Polish translations of the letter are also available. 

Our statement for  2019 to 2020 can be found here.

Our review of last year's spending can be read here. 

Financial support

If your child is within the Pupil Premium Cohort (Free School Meals, Ever6 rule, Child in Care, parent active in the armed forces, died in action or left due to injury) then subject to approval we are able to fund up to 50% of the cost of any school event that links to the curriculum whether inside or outside of school. We are also able to supply any revision books your child would benefit from holiday revision study. 

If you have a query regarding Pupil Premium please contact the school and we will help.  Come and speak with us at Parents’ Evening or give us a call.


Years 7 and 8 Catch-Up Statement

We receive Year 7 catch-up funding to provide additional support to our students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2. 

Our statement for 2019 to 2020, and a review of last year's spending, can be read here 


What you need to know about the 6 year rule 'Ever6'


The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years, extending the coverage of the Pupil Premium. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.

Children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the past generally have poorer academic results than those who have never been eligible for FSM. These pupils therefore should benefit from the additional support the Pupil Premium funding will be able to provide.

Why extend coverage to six years?

There is a particular issue with the under-reporting of free school meals (FSM) amongst secondary school pupils. Extending eligibility to those eligible for FSM in the past six years means that a child previously registered in the last year of primary education will remain eligible for the Premium up to Year 11.