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Your child will be eligible for free school meals if you (or your partner) are in receipt of any of the following:
Once eligible, your child will continue to receive free school meals in primary or secondary school until they finished their current phase of education i.e. primary (Year 6) or secondary (Year 11).
From 1 April 2022, if your child moves between primary and secondary school you need to reapply for free school meals.
Your child’s school will also receive additional funding if you are in receipt of a qualifying award listed above. It is therefore important that you claim free school meals and the pupil premium even if your child does not wish to take a school meal or your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and already receives an infant free school meal.
If your child is attending one of the following schools, you will need to contact the school directly to apply for free school meals:
Please contact us if you have a change in your circumstances, for example your child changes school or you or you move address so that we can keep our records up to date.
|Write to:||St Helens Council, Revenues and Benefits, PO Box 10592, NOTTINGHAM, NG6 6DP|
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St Helens Council will collect personal data about you and your family if you apply or your child receives free school meals.
All personal data we hold is treated as confidential and will be held securely in accordance with data protection legislation. It will only be used for the assessment of entitlement to free school meals and pupil premium unless otherwise stated.
The Council has contracts with suppliers who may process your data on our behalf and are designated data processors. Contracts include: software suppliers; hybrid mail providers; and a scanning bureau.
The legal basis for processing your data is:
The Council has a duty to protect the public funds it administers and may use the information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies administering public funds solely for these purposes.
We collect information about you:
We will only disclosure information to other bodies where it is allowed by law. This includes:
For further information on your rights please visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/dataprotection.
These rights may be restricted subject to St Helens Council undertaking its statutory obligations in accordance with the law.