We are very aware that we are frequently asking you for money to pay for trips, visitors, special events etc. You will have heard on the news that schools are really struggling financially and that funding is being reduced in various ways.
To help us, we need every parent of every child who is entitled to a free school meal, due to low income, to claim. We understand many people don’t do this when their child is in EYFS and Key Stage 1 as all children get a free school lunch regardless of income, but they should. Some parents don’t claim because their child chooses to bring a packed lunch from home, but the parent should still claim. Some parents may not claim as they believe other children will be aware but this is not the case; please claim.
If you claim for your child, it triggers additional funding for the school and this will continue throughout their time with us, even if your financial circumstances change. The benefits for you are free school sweatshirts/ jumpers, PE kits, help towards the cost of trips and other support to help give your child the best education possible.
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)
Mrs Grimes and Mrs Rourke