Farfield Primary School and Nursery

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FREE SCHOOL MEALS

From April 2018 there will be changes to the eligiblity criteria for Free School Meals. These are linked to the rollout of the Universal Credit system. 

Full details from the Department for Education can be found here.

MAIN CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY

Who is eligible for free school meals?

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

• 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 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows :

• From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.

• In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.

• Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

The menu for April - October 2018 is now available to view and download here

From Monday 26th February there was a change to the options at dinner time to ensure the children are getting a substantial hot meal and food waste is minimised as much as possible.

Jacket potatoes, sandwiches and paninis will no longer be available.

There will continue to be a choice of a hot main course, hot halal main course or hot vegetarian main course. These will come with a selection of healthy vegetables and the salad bar will be available for all children to help themselves from.

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