Free School Meals - Updated
Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: Obtaining and Redeeming Your Child’s Free School Meal Food Voucher Entitlement
Kingsford Community School has contacted the parents and carers of all pupils whose school records show that they are entitled to Free School Meals. The parents of these pupils have been advised of how to obtain food vouchers to provide meals for their child during the COVID 19 school closure. The school is pleased that the national food voucher scheme ensures that all pupils who are entitled to free school meals can continue to receive their meal entitlement.
The Free School Meal Vouchers being issued via the national food voucher scheme, are provided for those children whose parents or carers are eligible for specific benefits from the Benefits Agency. The food vouchers that are being issued can be used at any of the following supermarkets: Aldi, Asda, M&S food, McColls, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose.
If for any reason you have not received the school communications about how to obtain the food vouchers and you believe that your child is entitled to free school meals, please contact the school for advice and guidance via the following email address:
A) When you email the school please can you provide the following details:
1. Your Child's Full Name
2. Your Child's Tutor Group
3. Your Mobile Phone Number
If you wish to check if you are eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals, or if your circumstances have changed due to COVID 19, please follow the link below and complete the application form: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
B) Additional Groups Who are Entitled to Free School Meals
On the 20th April 2020, the Government announced a temporary extension of Free School Meal eligibility, to include the 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, who have the right to remain in the UK on private and family life grounds 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
- Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, who will not be subject to a maximum household earnings threshold.
If you believe your child may be eligible for Free School Meals Vouchers, under the temporary extension of free school meal entitlement to children of NRPF groups, please click on the following link to find out more information:
Please send your completed and signed application form to
You may contact the school if you require assistance with completing the application form and in providing evidence to support your application.
Please ensure you have read the guidance that is provided about the evidence required to verify your child’s entitlement to Free School Meals. You may be asked to provide the school with evidence of the maximum annual household earnings threshold of £7,400 after tax (£616 per month); and this evidence may include electronic copies of one of the following:
- bank statement
- letter from your bank
- letter from your employer
For Parents or Carers who are receiving Section 4 support:
- A letter from the Home Office or local authority confirming Section 4 support
- an ASPEN card.
Any documents provided will only be used to verify your eligibility and will not be shared with any party outside the school. Any personal information provided will be deleted upon confirmation of eligibility or otherwise.
Thank You for your attention and support in this matter.
Stay at Safe, Stay at Home and Protect the NHS
Joan Deslandes OBE