Free School Meals

This information is for families who have children registered for benefit related free school meals and are entitled to a food voucher.
 
 
This is different to universal free school meals offered to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils, who are not entitled to a meal voucher. 
If your circumstances have changed due to COVID-19 and you are struggling financially, please do contact the school for advice.
 
 

More supermarkets have signed-up to the Government Voucher scheme.

  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Asda
  • Waitrose
  • M&S food
  • Aldi
  • McColl’s (including RS McColl’s and Martin’s)

If you wish to have your vouchers for a different supermarket, please email Amy Frost (afrost@northamfederation.devon.sch.uk) or speak to the school office.  If we do not hear from you, we shall continue to order Asda vouchers.

 

Please note that the Government are not issuing vouchers over half term.

Posted 31st May 2020

 

 

 

A message from the Department for Education (DfE)

 

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

These groups are:

  • 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.

We are also temporarily extending 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 a maximum household earnings threshold.

 

If you think you fall into one of these categories, please email afrost@northamfederation.devon.sch.uk or ring the school office to discuss further.

 

Posted 24th April 2020

 

 

 

Please see a message from the DfE and EdenRed (who are distributing FSM vouchers to parents):
 
 
Edenred is currently upgrading its system to make sure all orders are processed at a faster rate, due to the huge volume of users.
 
Edenred expects the new system to be ready after the Bank Holiday weekend.
 
Thank you for your patience and consideration at this unprecedented time. We understand how frustrating this situation is and we are working round the clock to resolve any issues.
 
 
If your child is registered for free school meals (FSM), then we will have contacted you via text.  If you have access to emails, please email afrost@northamfederation.devon.sch.uk (if you haven't already done so) to ensure we can get your vouchers to you as quickly as we can. If you do not have access to emails, then we will make further contact with you next week.
 
Kind regards
 
Amy Frost
Deputy Headteacher
 
 
Posted 13th April 2020