Free school meals

The new national voucher scheme for benefits related free school meals is now up and running.

The government has announced that a new voucher scheme, for free school meals for pupils who are not in school, will run from 18 January.

It will operate for 4 weeks up until the February half-term. We expect further news in due course whether and if free school meal vouchers will be provided after this date.

We will let you know as soon as we have this information.

The national voucher scheme will again be organised on behalf of the government by a company called Edenred.

Families who receive benefits related free school meals will receive vouchers of £15 per week for each eligible child who is not attending school.

Families will get a combined voucher if they have more than one eligible child.

We will send you your vouchers fortnightly. The scheme starts on 18 January. You should receive your first voucher/s by the end of the week.

A child who is eligible for benefits related free school meals who attends school will be given a free lunch and not a voucher for the days they have food in school.

M&S will give extra support to families by funding an additional £5 per week for each £15 lunch voucher redeemed at M&S via the Government’s free school meals scheme in England

Free School Meals

Since September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been offered a school meal at no cost to the parent or guardian. 

You are entitled to free school meals if you are receiving one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (IR)
  • Supported under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided that your annual income is less than £16,190
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Please note those receiving Working Tax Credit cannot apply.

If you would like to apply for free school meals the form is attached, you will need to send it to Pupil Benefits at the Civic Centre, Enfield or return it to the school office.

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