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Free School Meals

Lunches for all infant aged pupils are free under the Universal Free School Lunch scheme (UIFSM), however some of our families are also entitled to a benefit called Free School Meals (FSM).

 

In the Infant School this gives eligibility for Pupil Premium funding which is used by the school to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. Please click here to see our Pupil Premium page for further information on how the school spends the pupil premium funding it receives.

 

Any pupil eligible for Free School Meals will be protected until 31st March 2022, meaning that this may continue into the junior school where you would normally start to pay for your child’s lunches.

 

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.

 

If you fit any of the above criteria and therefore think you may be eligible, then you can check by going online to https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/ and clicking on “Check Eligibility”.

 

You will need a USO Account. If you applied to our school through e-admissions you will already have one of these and can use the same user name and password. Everyone else can set up a new account, and the system will guide you through the process.

 

Through your USO Account, you can then link all your children to the account (regardless of which school they go to). Alternatively, if you work in another LGfL School you can use your normal USO login and again link your children.

 

Once checked the school will then be able to see your status, and will add your name to the list of those eligible. As a thank you for taking the time to make the check, LGFL (London Grid for Learning) are offering free Antivirus software to use at home, regardless of the outcome.

 

If you have any problems with the process, please use the FAQ section of the website in the first instance as this will answer any questions you may have.

Corona Virus Free School Meal Vouchers

 

 

During this challenging time, the government are issuing vouchers worth £15 per week to each child eligible for free school meals.

Those already entitled to Free School Meals/Pupil Premium are now receiving their eCodes which can be exchanged for supermarket gift cards to be used against their shopping at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk

 

If you are having problems exchanging your eCodes for vouchers please click this link and the video will talk you through the process.  

 

 

Please note that the website for exchanging your vouchers is extremely busy, and you may be held in a queue, especially during the daytime.

 

Once you are on the website, you can top up your balance with as many new eCodes as you wish, before selecting your vouchers which can be for different supermarkets and for different amounts. Just choose the supermarket and the amount you would like and add it to your basket, repeat until you have all the vouchers you need adding up to the total balance.

 

The vouchers will all be sent to your email address and can then be saved to use at any time over the coming months (or longer in some cases depending on the supermarket – details are in each supermarket’s terms and conditions on the website)

 

Change in Circumstances

At this time, many of our work situations are changing and there are more families claiming for universal credit as a result. If your situation has changed and you are now claiming benefits you may also be entitled to receive the food vouchers. It can take a few weeks for the Universal Credit system to update the DWP system and to then update the eligibility system, so do please keep checking.

 

Once eligible the school will start ordering your vouchers from the following Monday – the benefit and the vouchers cannot be back dated.

 

New Temporary Eligibility Criteria for Free School Meals – Updated 24th April 2020

The government have now temporarily extended the free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds.

 

These groups are:

 

Children of Zambrano Carers (a primary carer of a British citizen child, who is not a British citizen themselves and who if required to leave the UK would force the child to leave the EEA as well)

 

Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

 

Children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to no recourse to public funds restriction

 

These groups are also subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.

 

The government is also temporarily extending eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This group is not subject to a maximum household earnings threshold.

 

If you fall into one of the above categories, please contact the school to request an application form, which needs to be completed and returned, along with the proof as detailed in the form.

 

If you are eligible only under one of these criteria, then your eligibility will cease once the school reopens.

 

For further information, given by the government for parents and carers about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak, including Free School Meals please click on the following link to be taken to the government website:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers#free-school-meals

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