At Rushey Green we aim to raise standards and achievement for all children through good and outstanding teaching and a nurturing environment. We believe that high standards of behaviour are achieved through working in partnership with parents and the community. Cultural diversity is valued and all members, both adults and children, are treated with respect. The early identification of individual needs, through on-going monitoring and assessment, enables us to meet the needs of all learners. In conjunction with Every Child Matters principles pupil standards are at the forefront of all we do. In a safe, healthy and stimulating environment, children are expected to achieve their full potential in order that they can gain economic well-being and make a positive contribution to society.

Free School Meals

You may be entitled to claim Free School Meals for your children if you are:

  • Unemployed or on a low income and receiving:
  • Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support or Child Tax Credit

Who is entitled to free school meals?

Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit* and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit

*unless in the Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ - the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.

What if my circumstances change?

You should notify the school of any changes:

  • if you start work and come off benefit
  • if you change address
  • if your child changes school

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What is the Pupil Premium?

The school receives a Pupil Premium payment for the year in which families are eligible for free school meals and automatically for the next five years. This year it is £935 for secondary pupils and £1300 for primary pupils. This additional funding will be invested in your child to help them achieve more at school. Some schools offer free uniform, trips, one to one tuition and additional teaching support, help towards music lessons and after school activities. If eligible for free school meals, you may also be entitled to claim other forms of assistance, for example with home to school transport.

Free School Meals and Healthy Eating

Over the last few years the quality of school food has improved dramatically. Research shows that pupils are more likely to concentrate in lessons if they have eaten a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime. By choosing school lunches, not only will you be saving yourself the time of preparing a packed lunch every day, you can also be sure that your child is getting the range and amount of food that will help contribute to their health and well-being. On average parents spend £450 on packed lunches per year for each child, which is money that could be spent on other things.

Contact a Family

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Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

It is a local project working with over 1,000 families in Lewisham who have a disabled child or children.

Information, advice and support

It offers information, advice and support to parents and carers of disabled children as well as to professionals working with families.

Events and family activities

It runs workshops on topics such as challenging behaviour, transition and stress management. It raises funds in order to run activities throughout the school holidays. These range from local cycling, to trips to theme parks and castles. It also runs a monthly swimming session for families in Deptford.

Sign up for our free newsletter at the bottom of this page and receive information on:

  • forthcoming local workshops
  • activities and family events
  • local, regional and national groups and support organisations
  • other information for families caring for a child with a special need.

Contact the Contact a Family office to find out more about the services on offer to you.

Call 020 8297 8056 or email lewisham.office@cafamily.org.uk

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)

AFRIL works to relieve poverty and isolation for local refugees and minority ethnic communities.


AFRIL helps by offering educational programmes for children and adults, raising awareness and working together with the local community. We have come a long way since our foundation in July 2007. Today we work with an average of 120 clients per week from over 40 different nationalities. Last year we were able to use our services to help almost 1200 people.

More Information about AFRIL

AFRIL can be contacted via their website, www.afril.org.uk or on 020 8297 4111.