Free School Meals & Pupil Premium
Free School Meal vouchers during school closure
Parents who have a child in receipt of benefit-based Free School Meals will be emailed an e-Code food voucher on a weekly basis until the school re-opens. The email is sent from Edenred, who are administering the free school meal vouchers on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE). Vouchers are for £15 per eligible child.
I have not received my food voucher
If you have not yet received your voucher or you are having problems redeeming your eCode voucher online, please do not hesitate to contact the school office - firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check below to confirm that you qualify for a voucher before contacting the office.
Do I qualify for a food voucher?
All children in reception, year 1 or year 2 are entitled to free school meals. This is called Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). However, Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) is different to benefit-based Free School Meals (FSM). Children are only eligible for benefit-based Free School Meals (FSM) if their parents receive certain benefits and have made a successful application for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding with Bristol City Council.
There is no requirement to continue to provide Universal Infant Free School Meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 whilst schools are closed. Therefore, only those children in receipt of benefit-based Free School Meals (FSM) are entitled to a food voucher whilst schools are closed. Please read below for more information about who could apply for benefit-based Free School Meals. and how to apply.
Who can apply for benefit-based Free School Meals?
All children in reception, year 1 or year 2 are entitled to free school meals. This is called Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). However, Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) is different to benefit-based Free School Meals (FSM). You may still be entitled to benefit-based Free School Meals and Pupil Premium (FSM) if you receive certain benefits listed below:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (as long as 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 four 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. This is also called the minimum income floor) If your child is eligible for free school meals they will eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in on 31 March 2023.
How to apply benefit-based Free School Meals
If you think you may now be eligible for benefit-based Free School Meals and Pupil Premium, please follow the steps below to apply:
- My child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 - Please complete the Early Years FSM/Pupil Premium Checker Form and return it to the school office. If you are unable to print and email back to the office, please click here to complete our online form. The information provided will be passed onto Bristol City Council on your behalf.
- My child is in Year 3 , 4, 5 or 6 - Please apply online via Bristol City Council’s website: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/schools-learning-early-years/free-school-meals
New groups now eligible for Free School Meals
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government are temporarily extending free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), including:
- Children of Zambrano carers
- 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 a no recourse to public funds restriction
These groups are also subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.
- They are also temporarily extending free school meal 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 any maximum household earnings threshold.
This extension is temporarily in place due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/guidance-for-the-temporary-extension-of-free-school-meals-eligibility-to-nrpf-groups
If you fall into one of these groups and would like to apply for Free School Meals, please contact - email@example.com.
SHINE AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS - TERM 2
Shine after school clubs for term 2 are now available to book online. Please note, if your child has attended a Shine after school club in term 1 and you would like them to continue attending the after school club, you will need to re-book for term 2.
For more information and to book visit www.myshine.co.uk