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Half Term Free School Meal Vouchers

In order to continue to support eligible parents and pupils with access to free school meals (FSM) during the February half term, Birmingham City Council have provided a one-off supermarket eVoucher for each eligible pupil in Reception to Year 6. Birmingham City Council have provided these voucher codes which can be redeemed online for a range of supermarkets.

If you are eligible and have received a text message from school with your digital eVoucher cheque, please follow these steps to order your supermarket eVoucher:

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Alternative FSM provision w/c 25th January 2021

During this current period of school closure, we are now pleased to be able to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you. The DfE have funded these eGift cards as part of a national scheme. You will be able to choose which supermarket you would like an eGift card for including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and more.

Eligible families will be receiving their eCode via email w/c 25th January 2021 to provide lunch time meals for three weeks until half term.

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Devices to support remote learning

Dear Parents

Understandably, we have had a lot of enquiries from parents about laptops and devices from the Department for Education (DfE) for families who need them. We are doing everything we can to support families who need a device or need to be connected to the internet.  At this moment in time, we have been allocated just over 80 devices across our 5 schools (which currently serve just over 3000 pupils).

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National Lockdown - School Closure Update 06/01/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 confirming School closures until February half term 2021, school will now be closed to all pupils except for pupils of critical workers and vulnerable pupils.

Free School Meals and Vouchers

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 4th January 2021, educational establishments are still awaiting further clarification and guidance from the Government regarding plans for Free School Meals and any potential Free School Meals voucher schemes. Therefore, we do not have any vouchers available for distribution at this stage.

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Alternative FSM provision for Christmas

During the Christmas holiday, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you, funded by Birmingham City Council.

During the week commencing 14th December, eligible pupils from Reception to Year 6 will be issued with a £30 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week, £3 per meal, for two weeks.  eCodes can be redeemed online for an eGift card for the supermarket of your choice by visiting https://www.selectyourcompliment.co.uk/grocery.

If you do not receive an eCode you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders for an email from Edenred before contacting us.

If you have any queries about your eCode and eGift Card then please look at the frequently asked questions here.  If you have redeemed your eCode and the supermarket eGift card you ordered hasn't arrived in your email after 24 hours, please contact Edenred by email at freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com and Edenred can look into this for you.

Please read both of these guides to ensure you can redeem your eCode and use your supermarket eGift Card:

how to use your eCode

frequently asked questions

Mr Colin Parker – A tribute

On Saturday 24th October Mr Colin Parker, Headmaster of King Edward VI Aston School passed away. Mr Parker was also the vice chair of the PACT board of trustee. This is a tribute to Mr Parker by our CEO Mr Gulzar

When I became the headteacher of Prince Albert School in September 2009, Mr Parker was one of the first school leaders to welcome me to the area. He was always keen to ensure that local primary schools benefited from the resources, facilities and expertise of the King Edwards Foundation. Mr Parker was therefore the first person I approached in early 2015 outside of what was to become PACT about the idea of opening new secondary free school in the area. From the very first conversation, he became an ardent supporter and champion of the new school. On behalf of the PACT, he secured the support of the King Edwards Foundation, convincing them of the value of the project. Mr Parker joined us for our many visits to the Department for Education and joined the PACT trust board in order that he could continue to help.

Working with Mr Parker both as a trustee and an advisor on the Prince Albert High free school project, I regularly enjoyed the pleasure of his company over the last 5 years or so. I got to know a quiet, determined and humble man who cared deeply for the pupils the communities he served and the colleagues he worked with. He clearly retained a passion for history and even though he was the headmaster at Aston, he was a historian through and through. It seemed as if he knew every boy at his school as well as those who had long since moved on. He was a man for whom kindness was as natural as breathing, he was a true gentleman. I am still in shock at the suddenness of his unexpected passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Parker’s family and colleagues at King Edwards. He is also a huge loss to education in Birmingham, not least the PACT board of trustees.