Free School Meals
This article explains how you may be eligible to claim for Free School Meals and other associated benefits for your child. Whilst this is a sensitive topic, with rising unemployment and the fragile state of our economy, you may find this a useful financial benefit to help your child at The John Warner School. Obviously we are very discrete about the matter and with our ‘Meal of the Day Cards’; no one is made aware of who is paying and who is not. Five free school meals served by our excellent catering team equates to £11.10 per week or £432.00 per year.
In order to be considered, you simply have to register with Herts County Council using the web link: www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/canhelp. Alternatively you can call them on 0300 123 4048. The application itself will take about 10 minutes.
Your child is eligible for free school meals if any of the following apply to you:
- Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week
By applying and registering for Free School Meals, you are also helping us as a school as the government applies an additional ‘pupil premium’ grant based on the number of free school meals. This money is used to help target students who are under-achieving and giving them extra help with their learning.
Our finance team are overseen by Mrs Sally Pringle, Director of Finance and Resources. They can be contacted via the email links below: