Free School Meals / Financial support for families
Is your child eligible for a Free School Meal?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit to 31 March 2019, Universal Credit 1 from 1 April 2019, Universal Credit - provided your household has an annualised net earned income2 of no more than £7,400 ( as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
Pupils receiving free school meals are entitled to either a main meal or a selection from the snack bar service.
Or download and complete the free school meal application (pdf)
Forms are also available from the housing benefit office, email email@example.com, or from schools in term time.
Applications should be made by the end of the summer term so that they can be processed for the start of the new school year.
Applications can be made at any time during the year if there is a change in circumstances
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
The Welsh Government Pupil Development Grant (PDG) helps to fund a child’s school uniform and equipment, plus items for outside school activities, where families are on low incomes.
Funding has been provided for the 2020/21 academic year.
The grant provides assistance to families on low incomes for the purchase of:
- School uniform including coats and shoes
- School sports kit including footwear
- Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance
- Equipment e.g school bags and stationary
- Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology
- Laptops or tablets
- Equipment for out of school hour’s trips such as outdoor learning e.g waterproofs.
A payment of £125 will be made per pupil in all qualifying school years with the exception of pupils entering Year 7 who will each receive a payment of £200.
Pupils eligible for free school meals can apply for the PDG grant for the September 2020/21 school year, if, in September 2020, they are:
- entering reception class or years 1, 3 or 5 of maintained primary schools
- entering year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 of maintained secondary schools
- aged 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 years in special schools, special needs resource bases or pupil referral units
Funding is also available to all looked-after children of compulsory school age.
In a change from the previous arrangements, the local authority in which the looked-after child attends school is responsible for using the grant.
Pupils with no recourse to public funds entering the above years in the 2020-21 school year are also entitled to assistance under this funding.
To apply for this grant please contact Newport City Council