If you are in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based), Employment and Support Allowance (income related), Pension Credit, Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of under £16,190 per year you are entitled to Free School Meals for your children.
East Sussex County Council require that all new starters to a school complete a form (even if they received this assistance at their previous school), whether they have moved from outside East Sussex, from another school in the County, or even from another school in Hastings and St Leonards.
ESCC has an Electronic Checking Service which may be able to confirm entitlement, but if not, you may need to show The Academy up-to-date written proof that you meet the qualifying criteria. The form can also be authorised by JobCentre Plus at Heron House, London Road, St Leonards on Sea or at The Hastings Academy before your children start with us.
We regret that Free School Meals will not be given until this has been done. The Hastings Academy operates a cashless canteen whereby lunch will be given without the need to purchase by cash. Your son/daughter will be required to register on the system and money will need to be loaded onto their account in order for them to receive their lunch. Once Free School Meals have been set up there will be no need for them to bring cash to load onto their account. Alternatively, your son/daughter can bring in a packed lunch until their entitlement for Free School Meals has been confirmed.
If you have any queries please contact Student Reception at The Hastings Academy or Children Services at County Hall, Lewes on 0300 3309472.