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School Meals & School Uniform

Please click this link for School Uniform Section 

 

ASPENS

Our school meals provider Aspens have developed an App to make it easier to help your child to choose their lunches,
but that’s not all…  Please click this link to find out more about the ASPENS App and to get the unique PIN.

 

 

Free School Meals

Parents/Carers claiming some benefits can also claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school during the lunch period. 

Healthy school meals are a good way to ensure that children eat well at lunchtime. By claiming the free school meal allowance Parents/Carers save themselves time and money. Moreover, the more eligible parents who claim the free school meals, the more funding the School receive to support the education of our students. 

Free school meals can be claimed for children if their Parent/Carer receive any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Only Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190. Anyone, receiving Working Tax Credit regardless of income will NOT qualify
  • The ’Guarantee’ element of State pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Parents/Carers who think they may be eligible have two options.  The first is to download and complete the application form and the second is to use the new On line self-checking of free school meal entitlement.  Both options are described below.
 

 

Option 1 : Download Application Form

Please use the following link to download the application form which then needs to be completed and returned to the school or Free School Meals at the Local Authority by fax or post. 

To be able to process the application Staffordshire County Council will need to see proof of which benefit is being claimed. A recent letter from the Benefits Agency, a full copy of the TC602 form received for child tax credit or the Parent / Carer’s Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice are all acceptable.

Any queries regarding this should be made to the school or Free School Meals, Central Welfare Services/Education Offices, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.
 

Option 2. On line Application

The other option is the new On line self-checking of free school meal entitlement. 

The Local Authority is has now introduced an online self-checking service.  This means that parents/carers (or whoever they agree to do this on their behalf) apply by inputting all of the same details as previously completed on the paper forms.  

The system will then automatically check with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to see if they are entitled.  They will then be given an instant decision and any successful application forwarded to the Free School Meals Entitlement Team to set up on the system and advise the relevant school(s).  You will also have the opportunity to print a copy of the page confirming your entitlement  and so could send this to school in order to start the meals on the same day.  

Parents/Carers need to ensure that they read all the declaration statements on the application regarding use of data etc. 

For those applicants who are found to be not eligible, should they believe that there is an error they will still be requested to forward to the Authority the paper proof.  However, if they have a query about the benefit they are receiving they should continue to direct this enquiry to DWP or HMRC in the first instance.

Please use the following link to access the self checking application form.

Due to restrictions upon use of the service the Authority are unable to take applications over the telephone - they must still either be in writing via post or fax using the old form or via the new self-checking process only.  

An instant yes or no decision can be received regarding free school meal entitlement using the online application process (Using the above link) However, any paper applications will be dealt with in the order received and a letter will be sent to confirm entitlement or refusal once the system has been updated.

Please be aware that applications for free school meals cannot be back dated. For applications made using the self checking service the start date for the free school meals will be the date the application was successfully made and for those received by post or fax it will be the date that they are received at the Local Authority office.