Free school meals & other pupil benefits
Free School Meals
All children in Reception and years 1 & 2 receive free school meals at present. This is known as Universal Free School Meals and is Government funded, you do not need to apply for this.
However if you would be entitled to Income Based Free School Meals at the present time regardless of the year your child is in (even Reception and Years 1 & 2) you should have your eligibility confirmed because:
1. Your child will be eligible for a number of other benefits (including backdated holiday scheme vouchers at the moment)
2. The school will receive much needed additional funding
What is more your child will remain eligible for pupil benefits until they finish the phase of schooling they are in on 31 March 2022.
A form is available from the school office or directly from the local authority on the links below. The parents & carers eligibility checker takes just a moment and if you email or print your eligibility we are very happy to help you from there.
Normally schools are not required to provide children who are not in school but are eligible for free school meals with a meal. However during the Covid19 outbreak we are required to provide children who are unable to attend the school site but are eligible for Income Based Free School Meals with a food parcel. Our school caterers were well prepared for this because plans were put in place to provide food parcels for eligible children who needed to isolate in the Autumn Term. Food parcels have been made available since our partial closure on the 4th January for collection or where necessary delivery. We will be moving back to the Government issued supermarket vouchers from week commencing 18 January 2021 now the scheme is being reinstated.
We recently applied for and received 11 new laptops from the Department for Educations scheme to make remote learning accessible to all and these were distributed at the start of the Spring term. We continue to look out for new opportunities to supplement the schools resources.