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Cost of School Dinners
For many years Cardwell, like many other primary schools, have subsidised the price of school meals for children. Parents and carers are currently charged £1.70 per day, but the actual cost of one child’s meal to the school is £2.59. The school subsidises 89p per paid meal taken, which costs thousands of pounds per year.
Families may have seen in the National Press that austerity measures and other external factors will be affecting school budgets in the very near future, meaning schools will be given less funding to deliver the same service. For this reason, the Governors have agreed to raise the daily price of a school meal to £2 per day from April 2017 and plan to increase the cost once more in September 2017 to £2.20. We still feel that this is good value for money; children have a choice of a balanced hot meal with bread, salad and dessert.
We do understand that this increase in school dinner charges may cause difficulties for some families and we apologise for any inconvenience. However, reducing the school’s subsidy for meals will mean that more school funding can be spent on teaching and learning. Governors have agreed to continue to subsidise part of the school meal and we keep this under review each year before deciding to ask parents to pay the full cost of the meal.
Please can we ask that if you choose for your child to change to packed lunches that you notify the school office before the end of this term.
Universal Free School Meals
The Government has introduced Universal Free School meals in September 2014 for all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2. Parents can still apply for Free School Meals as this means more funding for the school.
Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium
From November 3rd 2015 a new ‘Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Service’ www.fsm.lgfl.net will be a website where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and; if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’. If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications, as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.
What the service does for parents:
After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.
This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.
By way of a ‘thank you’ to parents for taking part, and regardless of individual outcomes, The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) would like to provide parents of children attending LGfL – connected schools with Sophos Anti-Virus software, free of charge, to protect the computers used by pupils at home.
To gain access to this software there is a short registration process, which will also give, you access, if required, to other LGfL services and benefits that are available to your child’s school. Please be assured there is no catch, no cost and no advertising. LGfL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.
What the services does for schools:
As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to benefit all children.
Please visit www.fsm.lgfl.net and enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative.
When making an application please include ALL children under the age 11( regardless of their Year group or dinner arrangements) living at your home address.
If you need an application form for Free School Meals or more information please contact the school office.