Free School Meals

Following the launch of the government’s national voucher scheme for free school meals, as of Tuesday 14th April, there are three ways in which our eligibile families are receiving support from the school: An EGift, card, a physical gift card or a food parcel.

  1. An eGift card

An ‘eCode’ is sent by email to the parent or carer of the pupil(s) eligible for free school meals.  This code is required to access and choose a supermarket eGift card.

The eCode cannot be used directly with the retailer, it must be exchanged for an eGift card. The eGift card will be sent to a nominated email address (this may take up to 3 hours to be delivered). This can be printed or presented on a smartphone.

Please see attached FAQ information regarding the national eGift card approach.

  1.  A physical eGift card

For families unable to access an ‘eCode’ from home, the school is processing gift cards on the family's behalf, then printing and posting them.

The card/printed voucher can be taken to the shop to redeem against the cost of food purchased.

  1.  A care package of food provided by the school

Some of our families have elected to receive fortnightly food parcels. These are supplied by Caterlink and are collected by families fortnightly from Penrice Academy. The next collection is scheduled for Monday 4th May, 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Please be aware the national free school meal provision does not apply during school holiday periods, therefore, there will be no provision over the May half-term break.

If you have any queries regarding the free school meals provisions please email


If any of our families are in need of a Food Bank voucher, (whether you are entitled to free school meals or not), please leave a message on the Penrice voicemail, 01726 72163, and a member of our team will be in touch with you.