13th January 2011
I write to remind you of the forthcoming census on Thursday 20th January and the positive impact of all children entitled to a free school meal being eligible and taking that meal on your budget for the forthcoming year. You are no doubt aware that the take-up of free school meals on this date dictates your free school meal budget for the following financial year.
Historically there has always been a difference in children taking a free school meal compared to those who are eligible. In Northamptonshire this in part could be attributed to the lack of hot meals being available, hence the 3 year rollout of the countywide hot meal plan we are currently implementing and Nourish now delivering hot meals in 114 schools this year.
A national survey has now highlighted that children are not accessing a free school meal as they are unaware they are eligible in the first instance. Student Services are responsible for determining the eligibility for free school meals and I am writing to update you that applicants can apply for this benefit, online at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or by calling 01604 236656 to request an application form by post. Should you wish to discuss this e-mail further please feel free to contact our central team on 01604 237288.