As infant pupils school lunches are now free, there are no lunch payments at Pewley Down. However, if you are eligible for free school meals under the existing scheme (see below), then please consider registering anyway, as this attracts considerable non-meal related funding for the school. Currently, we have not introduced ParentPay at Pewley Down. For payable clubs, trips and activities, we prefer all payments to be made by cheque rather than cash, both from a security and a mutual record point of view. Please make all cheques payable to Pewley Down School and write your child's name and class on the back, together with the details of the payment (e.g. trip or activity name, PUPS, etc.). Please attach any relevant permission slips to the cheque or enclose both in an envelope.
ParentPay at Holy Trinity
Our preferred payment method at Holy Trinity is ParentPay - a secure online payment system for schools. Lunch credits, Breakfast Club, Clubs Plus and school trips / activities are payable on ParentPay. We encourage all parents to use this payment method and to keep your child's lunch account in credit and after school clubs accounts at least paid up monthly. Refunds are made where necessary, such as when children leave the school.
Lunch accounts should be kept in credit and we are repeating the discount options for block payments in advance. The basic lunch cost is £2.40 each. However, for parents who pay for the whole year in advance, the discount price of £2.30 will still apply. For those who pay for a whole term in advance, the price is £2.35. Bulk lunch costs take account of the days out for main trips and excursions for each year group and are set out below. This table will be kept updated if days for trips and excursions change. Lunch credits will only be used when lunches are taken and refunds will be given when children leave for credits not used.
For those not availing themselves of the discount schemes, lunch accounts should nevertheless be kept in credit and payments should be in multiples of £2.40 paid in advance.
Please follow this link for the School Lunch Prices.
Parents using after school clubs Breakfast Club and Clubs Plus should activate their ParentPay account and monitor usage and pay outstanding balances promptly monthly. These are not invoiced monthly. Parents paying with childcare vouchers should activate their accounts in order to monitor balances. The voucher remittances will be logged on ParentPay. See the 'Before and After School' page for prices.
Contributions are requested from parents to cover costs for school trips and certain other special activities and visits. These activities are an important part of the all-round education offered at our schools. Letters will be sent out in advance with details and payment should be made by the due dates given. If you feel you are unable to contribute towards these costs, please speak in confidence to Clare or email Finance Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org.
ParentPay guidance and tips
Low balance alerts: As parent users, you can set up FREE email low balance alerts (text alerts are charged) for each service used by your child (via the Profile tab on your account page). Monitoring your account yourself saves the school considerable resources in payment chasing. Thank you in advance for this assistance!
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Are you eligible?
Government funding for schools is increasingly based on factors such as free school meal eligibility it is not just a matter of meal subsidy. Free school meal registration brings significant funding for the school to support your child's education in many other ways, through the Pupil Premium scheme and other budget funding factors. In the budget year 2015/16, each pupil eligible for free meals attracts an extra £6,414 in funding to the school (the extra is not ring-fenced to the individual pupils, but is a way of funding measures to increase attainment). We therefore encourage registering for free school meals if you meet any of the criteria laid out below. Registration is, of course, completely confidential.
Free school meals criteria:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
- Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals
In addition, extra pupil premium funding is available for children of armed service personnel, as well as looked after children, or children adopted from care or who left care under a special guardianship order.
If you would like to register under any of these criteria, or have any questions, please contact Lesley Reeves in the finance office on 01483 539033. We will of course treat any information in complete confidence.