Free School Meals
The Free School Meals (FSM) and Pupil Premium (PP) funding is essentially additional money awarded to schools by the government to support children and families across the country, who are most in need. Checking your eligibility could save your family hundreds of pounds whilst helping raise money for the school.
Currently CHSG offers a free school meal to the value of £2.30, together with an additional £1.00 for breakfast club, for each student. Research shows that benefiting from a healthy breakfast and lunch can improve students' diet and also improves concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory and learning. (Family Action, 2019)
If eligible, your registration for Free School Meals will also gain additional funding the school known as Pupil Premium. From April 2020 schools will receive £955 for each secondary school student. This additional money can be used on resources such as extra staff, academic support, books or school trips.
If you qualify for Pupil Premium funding you are not obliged to accept the FSM for your daughter if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit the educational provision at the school and resources provided to your daughter.
While schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), every child staying at home and eligible for free school meals is being supported. If you have any queries about this provision please contact email@example.com or alternatively telephone the school office.
If you receive any of the following benefits your daughter may eligible for free school meals:
- 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)
In order to check your eligibility you need to provide some essential details online using the Capita SIMS Free School Meals Form:
- Click on the eligibility checker below
- Follow the instructions to complete the online form.
- It is important that you provide full legal names of the application, the accuracy of the "Date of Birth" field is of critical importance.
- You will need to have your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number (also known as NASS number)
Click below for eligibility checker
Please note this is a new system checker introduced on 1st May 2020 for all new enquiries from this date forward.
At the end of the application form you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the criteria for Free School Meals. The application process links to the Department for Education system and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. At this point you will be given an application reference which you should make a note of. The school and the LA will be notified automatically of the outcome. You will be contacted by the school to confirm the start date of your free school meal provision.
This quick and easy system is being provided to encourage parents/carers to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents/carers who are eligible, apply for FSMs for their child.
If you have any queries or require further assistance please contact the School Office.
How parents receive payments during Covid School Closure
From Monday 18th May we will be moving to the Department for Education’s National Voucher Scheme.
Parents of students who are currently entitled to a Free School Meal will receive an email (we expect this to be with you by no later than Friday 22nd May) from the Department for Education containing a 16-digit eCode and a link to the redemption website: www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk. Please be aware that this email can sometimes appear in your junk e-mail box.
The eCode will allow parents to create an eGift card that can be used immediately on the website above. The eGift cards can be used in the following shops: Morrisons; Tesco; Sainsbury’s; Asda; Waitrose; M&S Food; Aldi, and; McColl’s (including RS McColl’s and Martin’s)
If you have any queries regarding this process please refer to the Free School Meals Parent/Carer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document by clicking here.
If you have any further concerns, please contact us at via firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com.