School Dinners

School Meals.

All meals must be paid for in advance. The school office can be paid for the day or week ahead on the Monday of each week. If your child has an up to date free school meal application (FSM) or they have access to the universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) they do not have to pay for their school meal.

If your child does not have any credit on their school meals or they do not have access to FSM or UIFSM they will be unable to have a school meal that day and you will be contacted by the school office to supply them with a packed lunch for the day. School meals cost £2.30 a day or £11.50 for the week. 

 

Free School Meals and Universal Infant Free School Meals.

The government introduced universal infant free school meals since September 2014, this entitles all children of infant age (Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2) to a free school meal. However it does not entitle them automatically to the pupil premium funding they would have normally received unless you apply for pupil premium funding.

Here is how you can apply for pupil premium funding for your child's school or if your child is in a Key Stage 2 class (Junior) a free school meal as well as pupil premium funding.

 

 

Complete the attached eligibility form even if you are not currently eligible. The information you provide will be used to check whether you are or have ever been entitled to Free School Meals. It will also mean if your circumstances change -even for just one day- it will automatically identify your eligibility.

If you are receiving certain benefits, a FREE tasty and nutritious school meal is available for your children at Somerville Federation BUT YOU MUST APPLY!

 

 

Look at the benefits:

 

  • A free school meal for your child, which is good for their health and could help their learning.
  • Savings for you, worth over £350 a year.
  • Extra money for the school through Pupil Premium, worth approximately £1,320 a year. This could mean more than £9,000 in extra resources for your child whilst they are at Somerville.

 

Do you qualify?

 

Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
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        If you don’t want your child to have a free school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify, and are registered, the school still gets the extra money.

 

 

Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.

 

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