Parents and carers may know that, since September 2014, there has been a statutory requirement for schools in England to provide school meals to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We are referring to these as ‘Universal Free School Meals’ as they are different to ‘Free School Meals.’
Whilst all pupils in these year groups will be provided with a daily infant school meal, it is important that, if you think you are eligible to receive a ‘free school meal’, you continue to apply to Sunderland Local Authority. This is especially important as the extra funding the school receives, called Pupil Premium, is dictated by the number of Free School Meals registrations we have. This money is crucial to the school, as it helps fund additional teachers, support staff and interventions to help your child make greater progress in school.
A letter with further information will be coming home with your child tonight. Our pupil premium registrations and numbers have been declining in recent years and so, therefore, has our funding. So from today and in line with many other schools, any eligible parent who successfully registers for free school meals will receive a uniform voucher and / or shopping voucher up to the total value of £100.
If you think that your child is eligible for free school meals, please complete the application form online at www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/families/free-school-meals or contact the Free School Meals Team on (0191) 561 1417 or speak to Mrs Fairrington in the office who will be happy to assist. Thank you for your anticipated support. Mrs Fairrington is able to assist parents in registering for free school meals.
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