If your family gets additional support, you should apply for a free school meal for your son or daughter – it could save you £350 a year.

Our smart-card system and Wisepay means that nobody knows who pays for their meals or who is entitled to a free meal. In order to make it more convenient and easier than ever for families entitled to education benefits to access support, applications for free school meals can now be made using a digital TV service, via a smart phone, web-enabled mobile phone and game consoles (such as XBox, Wii and Playstation).

There is a lot of evidence about nutrition and achievement. A good meal at lunchtime helps students achieve. Our catering team provides a selection of bread-based snacks, fresh fruit and drinks, which all meet current Government guidelines for healthy eating. In addition, we provide two main meal options at lunchtime, one of which is always suitable to a vegetarian diet. 

However there is an added bonus for your child if they are entitled to a free school meal. For every child who takes a free school meal we presently get £935. We use this money to invest in improvements in teaching and learning, in support programmes and in curriculum initiatives to ensure students who receive free school meals are making as good progress as any other students in the school. 

We therefore ask you to support our school by taking what you are entitled to. In so doing you support your family, give your child a decent midday meal each day, and provide our school with extra money to improve your child’s education. In life win-win situations are rare. This is one of those rare occasions and we urge you to take advantage of it. 

We automatically renew existing applications for free school meals in June each year, so if you still qualify there is no need to send in another application. We will only write to you if you are no longer entitled to receive free school meals.