11th February 2021
As we head towards the half-term break, can I wish you and your family a good week and hopefully a pleasant change of routine. Please see below for details of the Free School Meal vouchers scheme and information about other financial support.
Vouchers in half-term (for families who currently receive Free School Meal vouchers from St Anne’s)
Vouchers will be issued for half-term on Friday 12th February ready for the start of the half-term. The value of the vouchers is £10 for each eligible child. This amount is decided by the Local Authority.
This scheme is less flexible than the usual vouchers. To make sure that you don’t miss out, you must contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 16th February if there is a problem. After this date, it may not be possible to resend or cancel vouchers. It is important that you redeem these vouchers quickly as unredeemed vouchers may be cancelled and it will not be possible to re-issue them.
Vouchers after half-term (for families who currently receive Free School Meal vouchers from St Anne’s)
Vouchers for £15 per week for each eligible child will start again after half-term and will be sent on Wednesday 24th February (due to the date set by the ordering system). Funding for the vouchers has been agreed by the government for the week commencing 22nd February and the week commencing the 1st March (the two weeks after half-term.) Once you have redeemed a voucher and have chosen your supermarket and have entered your email address for the voucher to be sent to you, we cannot reissue these vouchers unfortunately as the system classes them as spent.
Applying for Free School Meals (if your circumstances have changed)
If you think you might be eligible, you can use the link to apply for a check. Please be aware that we cannot go back and issue vouchers for previous weeks.
How to apply for Free School Meals
You can check online and the school will be told if the application is successful. This will then allow your child to get a meal at school each day (when they are in school) and for you to receive a supermarket voucher whilst schools are closed, it also generates the pupil premium which gives schools additional funding.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
Helpful Information from the Council
Advice on heating your home: https://environmentcentre.com/support-and-guidance/
Help with Debt: Please see link for local and national debt advice services. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/benefits-welfare/money-advice/useful-contacts.aspx
Help with Water Bills:
Essentials tariff You may qualify for a minimum 20% discount if your household income is less than £16,105 per year (not including Personal Independence Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance). Plus, if someone at your address receives Pension Credit, you’ll automatically be accepted onto the Essentials tariff and receive a 20% discount on your water bill.
Water Sure tariff If you are on a water meter and use a lot of water due to a medical condition, or because there are three or more children under 19 living at home, you could benefit from a cap on your metered water bill. You’ll need to be claiming benefits to be eligible for the WaterSure tariff.
NewStart If you owe money to Southern Water for an outstanding debt and you haven’t been able to make a payment for a while you may be eligible to receive help to pay off the bill. Check online for more details.
Water Direct Jobcentre Plus may be able to pay Southern Water directly from your benefits on your behalf.
To find out more about any of these schemes simply email or call Southern Water on 0800 027 0800.
Emma WrightInclusion Lead
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by online service providers in order to (for example) make their websites or services work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner or service provider (in this case, eSchools) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website or service you are using (such as advertising, interactive content and analytics). The third parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website or service in question and also when it visits certain other websites or services.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools, will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with their school website.
Our Services allows schools to embed code which may potentially contain cookies. Please note embedded content, if displayed on one of our websites, has been added by the school and not by eSchools. The embedded content added by the school may require additional cookies or tracking technologies to be enabled in order to function.
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. Be aware that cookie preferences are set on a per device basis; therefore you may need to set your preferences on each device you use.
Initial cookie pop-up banner: You can exercise preferences about what cookies are served on our Websites by selecting your preference from this modal which appears upon visiting an eSchools website/login screen and dashboard. You can also change your cookie preferences by clicking on the link on the footer of any page. The banner will reappear annually (August 31st to coincide with the academic year) to confirm your settings.
Disabling Most Interest Based Advertising: Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of Interest Based Advertising. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing. If you would like to find out more information, please visit aboutads.info/choices or youronlinechoices.com.
Mobile Advertising: You can opt out of having your mobile advertising identifiers used for certain types of Interest Based Advertising, by accessing the settings on your Apple or Android mobile device and following the most recent published instructions. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.