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From September, more learners in Wrexham will receive additional financial support. Whether it’s help with school uniform and equipment costs through the Pupil Development Grant, free school meals for all of Wrexham’s Reception class pupils, or free school meals for all ages to those eligible.

So, as the new term approaches, we are urging parents to apply for the support they’re entitled to.

Does your child already receive free school meals?

If your child currently receives Free School Meals, you may also be entitled to additional help through the Pupil Development Grant, which includes financial support for uniform, sports equipment and devices. To access this year’s scheme visit Pupil Development Grant (PDG) | Wrexham County Borough Council.

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Has your financial situation changed in the last year?

If your child is not currently receiving Free School Meals, but your circumstances have changed this year, Wrexham might have support available for you. To check if you are eligible for Free School Meals, visit Free school meals | Wrexham County Borough Council. If you are eligible, you may also be able to receive the Pupil Development Grant.

Cllr Phil Wynn, Lead Member for Education, said: “If you feel you may be eligible for Free School Meals, I urge you to visit our website and apply. If your application is successful, may also be able to access the Pupil Development Grant, which is an important step in stopping money getting in the way of children’s education. We urge anyone who feels they are eligible to get in touch with us to support parents and learners through the school year.”

Free school meals for all reception-aged children

Universal Free School Meals will be rolled out to all primary learners in Wales over the next 12-18 months .

To help the youngest learners as soon as possible, all children in Reception will receive Free School Meals from this September.

If your child starts Reception this school year, they will receive their free meal automatically. BUT we urge you to complete the Free School Meals form on our website in case you are able to access further help for your child.

Child starting school? You’ll need a Parent Pay account

If your child will be receiving a free school meal this year – whether it is a universal free school meal or one you have applied for – you will need an account on the Parent Pay website www.parentpay.com.  Here’s how you get one:

  1. Email schoolmeals@wrexham.gov.uk with your child’s full name, date of birth and name of their school, and ask for a Parent Pay activation code
  2. You will receive an activation code to get your account up and running

If you have any questions about financial help available for your child while they are at school you can contact us at freeschoolmeals@wrexham.gov.uk.

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