From Sept 2014 children in KS1 can receive a universal free school meal. Children who are entitled to free school meals because they come from a lower income family can get an application form from the school office or apply online at www.somerset.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered All Saints C of E School gets £1300 from April 2014. With this money we could fund extra clubs and provide additional literacy and numeracy support for those children.
How does it work?
1. First check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
2. Registering is really easy and quick – if you think you qualify, please contact the Admissions and Entitlements Team, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY.
3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free school meal, extra benefits and the school gets £1300 extra to spend on your child's learning.
4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1300 extra. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
- Income Support (IS)
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) – not Contribution related
- Income – based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSB) – not Contribution based
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190.