If you have any questions regarding Free School Meals and Free School Meal Voucher Scheme please contact the school office 0121 675 2800 and Ciara Campbell
National free school meal voucher scheme
This term we have provided lunch parcels through our catering team for families but we will now move to the voucher scheme. The national free school meal voucher scheme will go live from the week commencing 18 January. Vouchers will be ordered this week and will take up to 5 days to reach parents via email.
Schools will be able to place orders for supermarket gift cards on behalf of the parents and carers whose children are eligible for benefits-related free school meals, to cover the period between 18 January and 12 February (4 weeks).
These gift cards are worth £15 a week per eligible child. E-Codes will be ordered to be delivered direct to parents’ or carers’ email addresses every two weeks. Families will receive an E-Code by email to redeem for a supermarket of their choice. Alternatively, we can arrange for the E-Code to be delivered to the school email, so we can provide E-Gift cards by post, collection or delivery to families without internet access. If this is the case please call the office and let us know.
Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022