Reception, Year One and Year Two are free due to the universal free school meal entitlement. (This is not the same as Pupil Premium entitlement which is means-tested.)
If your child is joining Year 3 in September 2024, then their entitlement to universal free school meals will end. If you are entitled to Free School Meals; you will need to re-apply. See the letter below.
Free School Meals letter for Parents/Carers of Year 2 pupils moving to Year 3
Free school meals are a statutory means-tested benefit which provides a child or young person with meals at school for free. Parents in the borough who are eligible to claim free school meals for their children are not claiming their entitlement.
Taking up free school meals has benefits for everyone:
Children can benefit from a healthy free nutritious meal
Families entitled to free school meals could save more than £400 per child per year by claiming free school meals
It’s anonymous for parents (because so much of the application process can be done online, a persons’ entitlement is mostly processed electronically)
It’s anonymous for young people (thanks to the Street Base and Splash cards claiming free school meals is anonymous – cards are swiped in the same way as a paid for meal so nobody knows that it’s a free school meal)
Schools can benefit directly by receiving money from the government. The government pays schools £430 for every child who registers for free school meals. Your school could benefit from hundreds of thousands of pounds
Further information can be obtained by visiting www.lbbd.gov.uk/primary menu or clicking on this link.