Are you eligible for free school meals? Do you know the benefits for your child and the school through registering for free school meals?

 

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

 

For every child registered Wyvern College gets £900 this year.

 

This money could enable us to fund additional resources. If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with costs to support your child’s education and achievement. For example, the pupil premium can help fund the cost of school trips, extracurricular activities and books.

 

Please register to make sure your child and others in their class and the school don’t miss out. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

 

Please consider the following:

 

  1. Check if you qualify. It is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the check list and refer to the website for more information on free school meals in Hampshire schools. https://www3.hants.gov.uk/hc3s/freeschoolmeals.htm 
  2. Registering is really quick and easy. If you think you qualify, you can register on line https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants or contact Sue Sharp on 02380 692679 X261 who will help you to register.
  3. Your child will be entitled to a free, healthy meal at lunchtime (saving you more than £350 a year) and extra benefits. The school will also get an additional £900 to support your child and others to enjoy and achieve.
  4. You can decide not to take advantage of the free school meal, as long as you qualify and have registered, the school will receive the £900 additional funding.

Please do not hesitate to talk to us further if you have any concerns or questions.

 

Do you qualify?

 

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 (please see page 10 for further details):

  • 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.

 

Contact Wyvern

Wyvern College
Botley Road
Fair Oak
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN

 

Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215

Email: enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk

 

Reception Opening Hours: 8:15am to 4:00pm

 

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