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Free School Meal Vouchers update from next week

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please see below for information regarding free school meal vouchers

Year 6

From next week, the Year 6 children who are entitled to free school meals will no longer be able to receive vouchers. Packed lunches will be provided daily. If for any reason your child is not attending school, the lunches can be collected between 11:30 and 12.

Other children attending school apart from Y6

If your child is attending school as part of the key worker or vulnerable group and they are entitled to free school meals, you will need to let us know by Tuesday afternoon at the latest whether or not you wish to continue to receive vouchers. If you do, school will not be providing a packed lunch.

If school opens up to further year groups, children in those year groups will not receive vouchers.

If you have any questions about this or if there is anything you need clarifying, please let me know.

Best wishes,

Margaret Newcombe


Letter re wider re-opening on 8th June


Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you and your family remain safe and well.

Firstly, thank you for all the support that you have been providing at home during these difficult times – we appreciate that this may have proved challenging, but we have seen great examples of effort and work from children and families alike.

As you will be aware, the government has asked that schools plan for a reopening from 1 June. This is dependent on meeting the ‘five tests’ set out by the government and this evidence is due to be reviewed on 28 May – only if these measures are met will schools begin to reopen.

Since the date of this announcement, we have been working to establish the safest ways for a phased reopening of our school in line with guidance from the Department for Education and the Local Authority.

We appreciate the importance of children returning to school, but are absolutely clear that this must be done with the health and safety of all children and staff at the forefront of our decision making.

With this in mind, we plan to begin to reopen Hillocks to Year 6 pupils on Monday 8 June, provided all risk measures are in place. We will be telephoning the parents of children in this group during the week commending 1 June to discuss arrangements and timings of the school day. We will also endeavour to answer any questions or concerns.

In the meantime, we will continue to provide care for the children of keyworkers and children identified according to the criteria provided by the government.

In line with the government guidance, we will also be planning for the return for Year One and pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage at a later point. Parents will be contacted with further details nearer the time. We will be continuing to provide online learning for these and other year groups in the meantime and we are here to support you wherever we can.

We will contact the parents of all children prior to their return – please do not send your child to school until arrangements are in place.

Please note that it is your right to continue to provide home education if you do not wish to send your children back into school – you will not be penalised or fined should you wish to keep them at home. 

Margaret Newcombe

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Benefit-related free school meals voucher during school closure

Benefits-related free school meals; which entitles children of all ages to free school meals, milk and the school to receive extra funding for your child, if parents are in receipt of certain benefits.
Provision for children that are in receipt of benefit-related free school meals has been in place since the beginning of the school closure, and they have been receiving packed lunches. From 20th April eligible children of full-time school age will received a weekly grocery voucher instead.

(Not to be confused with, ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ which all children in Foundation, Year 1 and 2 are entitled to automatically, when they are at school/when it’s open.)

Eligibility for benefit-related free school meals is:

“Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
Income Support
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance
support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)”

If you think you may be eligible to benefit-related free school meals and milk going forward, or your circumstances have changed, please make an application online via the Notts County Council website, ‘Apply for free school meals and milk’, as soon as possible.

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