Financial Support

We seek to help parents in financial need wherever we can, primarily through free school meals, Pupil Premium funding for Years 7-11 and through bursaries for Sixth Form students.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Applications are made through Gloucestershire County Council online at the link below. If you have difficulties with the application process (for example, if your address is not within Gloucestershire) please contact Pupil Premium Lead Ellen Howell on [email protected] to request a paper form.

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals or has been eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years, they are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, at the rate of £1035 per eligible pupil in 2023 to 2024. This is automatically processed if your child meets the criteria, and you do not need to apply for this grant.

Pupil Premium students and their families at Sir Thomas Rich’s School receive a bespoke offer; each family will be contacted to discuss the use of the funding and to agree the most beneficial way to spend this in support of the eligible pupil.

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for the Service Premium Grant, at the rate of £335 per eligible pupil in 2023 to 2024:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service, and also pupils whose parent is serving in the armed forces of another nation and is formally stationed in England)
  • they have previously been registered as a ‘service child’ in any school census in the last six years
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces, and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme

If you believe your child is eligible for the Service Premium Grant, please contact Pupil Premium Lead Ellen Howell at [email protected] with your child’s name, form and evidence of your service in the military (for example, a scan of your military ID card).

Students within the sixth form can apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund. More information regarding the Bursary can be found below.

We receive a sum of money from the government called the Pupil Premium Grant. The purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant is to help address the inequalities between those pupils in receipt of free school meals, looked after children, service personnel and their peers.

We use the funding gained from the Pupil Premium Grant to support a range of students. The funding allocated to Sir Thomas Rich’s focuses on supporting pupils to raise their academic achievement and improve pupil participation in extra-curricular activities.

We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium Grant we receive and its allocation within our school. Please find below the School’s Pupil Premium Policy, the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant for the current year and the planned Pupil Premium expenditure for next academic year.


Sir Thomas Rich's School will receive £985 per Pupil Premium pupil, or £320 per Service Premium Pupil, for the academic year 2022/23. The breakdown of the funding is as follows:

  • Number of Pupils on Role: Year 7-Year 13 = 1226. Year 7-Year 11 = 785
  • % of Pupils eligible for PPG: 5.48% (43 pupils)
  • Amount of PPG received per pupil: £985 (x 43 pupils = £42,355)
  • Total amount of SPG received per pupil - £320 (x 6 pupils = £1,920)
  • Pupil Premium Policy - see below