You are no doubt aware that the government have stated that there will be no free school meal funding over the February half term. The view of the government is that parents are now supported by the Covid Winter Grant – and that they should use this funding in place of the current food hamper and vouchers system. This position, may of course change!
However, I have decided that Ashgate Primary School will, regardless of the Department for Education’s position, continue to support free school meals over the February half term - funding this independently.
We are committed to our school community, recognise the need of our parents and their children, and will act independent of the formal directive.
Parents already in receipt of vouchers will not be required to do anything differently; vouchers will arrive in their current form.
I would like to thank the School Business Manager, Mrs Warburton, whose continued financial diligence places us in a position to act according to need.