Free School Meals Administration
From 1st May 2014 we will no longer use the services of Derby City Council for administration of free school meals. Instead we are using an online service which parents can access in the comfort of their own homes and obtain an instant decision. If you are currently entitled to free school meals you must complete the new application form prior to 1st May 2014 to be able to continue to receive free school meals.
A demonstration of the service and how to apply can be found on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVC2ivfne1I
myFreeSchoolMeals.com is a unique, proven, standalone web service providing an Online Free School Meals eligibility checking service that allows Free School Meals Providers to verify that Parents or Carers applying for Free School Meals meet the eligibility criteria for entitlement.
myFreeSchoolMeals.com is linked to the Department for Education – Online Free School Meals, eligibility checking service (ECS). ECS checks data from the department for Works and Pensions, the Home Office and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to establish Free School Meals eligibility.
myFreeSchoolMeals has already submitted documentation to ECS and its system has been approved. This documentation is available for inspection on request.
By adopting our online solution our academy will provide an accessible Free School Meals application route, increase customer satisfaction and increase the number of pupils deemed eligible for Free School Meals through our system therefore impacting on our school funding by increasing the pupil premium which is allocated on free school meals data.
Summary of the Benefits to Parents, Carers and Pupils
The parent/carer has complete control over the application and the child receives the meal more quickly as the eligibility is checked immediately and the parent/carer no longer has to provide paper proof of benefit.
Apply before 1st May 2014
To apply you will need to access the link which is now available on the school website as follows – https://myfreeschoolmeals.com/ then ensure you select ‘Derby’ and ‘Saint Benedict’.
If you would like help in completing the application then please contact the academy on 01332 557032.