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Danesholme Junior Academy

Free School Meals

Please see below useful information regarding Free School Meals. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE - The Department of Education free school meals website and Edenred will not be available from Friday 12th June to Monday 15th June due to scheduled maintenance. You will NOT be able to redeem e-codes and school will not be able to access these sites.  ❗

Free School Meal Vouchers from the Government (Covid-19 lock down)

Any pupil who would normally receive a Free School Meal whilst at school will receive an email with a code to redeem a supermarket voucher from the free school meal Government scheme. 

These vouchers are set at £15 per week (per pupil). 

Please visit to redeem your voucher code. 

If you require any help with your voucher, please email Free School Meals vouchers direct on: 

Danesholme Junior Academy does not have access to view specific voucher codes and therefore cannot redeem these on your behalf. 

We have uploaded the specific information required for the Government to issue Free School Meal vouchers. However, due to the amount of traffic trying to access this site at one time, we have been experiencing delays in these vouchers being emailed

Please keep checking your inbox, junk and spam mail for any emails the Free School Meal site may send. 

Please refer to the documents below for an example of the email to look out for and the FAQ Parents April 2020.


Voucher payment schedule - guide for reference

Below is a guide for which vouchers have been ordered from this website.

This is just a guide; you may receive your voucher at any point within these week commencing dates due to the Government website delays.

If you have recently changed your email address with us, we have re ordered your voucher but you may experience a further delay whilst the Government website updates your contact details.  

Voucher order date

Week commencing:

Voucher amount

(£15 per pupil, per week):

Voucher cover period (Monday to Friday):

Easter Break

6th April


6th April to

17th April

20th April


20th April to 24th April

27th April


27th April to 8th May

11th May


11th May to 22nd May

May half term

29th May

£15 25th May to 29th May
1st June £30

1st June to 12th June


15th June £30

15th June to 26th June


29th June £30

29th June to 10th July 


13th July £15

13th July to 17th July


Summer Holidays (6 weeks) £90 Emailed to parents before 17th July to cover the 6 week Summer holidays 

If you require any help with your voucher, please email Free School Meals vouchers direct on: 


Free School Meal vouchers – helpful tips

Check spam/junk folders

On the email, click the “redeem your code” box at the bottom of the email (example of email in the document below)

* Always add the whole voucher amount to your checkout – some supermarkets do not accept denominations of less than £10

You do not have to spend the whole voucher in one shopping trip

Refer to the FAQ for Parents April 2020 guide (document below) 


Applying for Free School Meal entitlement for Northamptonshire County Council

To check if you are eligible for free school meals, please visit:


❗Please note: Each sibling must have an application for Free School Meals, either on the same application or individually.


Once you receive your application reference number and accompanying email, please provide this to the school office. 


🗓️Free school meals take approximately 7-10 working days to be authorised. Once authorised, Danesholme Junior Academy then receives a notification from Northamptonshire County Council with a start date. This may take longer at present due to the Covid-19 lock down.


✔️Danesholme Junior Academy will inform you when your claim has been accepted by Northamptonshire County Council and will inform Kingswood Catering.


Kingswood Catering cannot issue your Free School Meal entitlement until they have had notification from Danesholme Junior Academy. 

Any payments made to Kingswood Catering will be backdated and refunded up until your entitlement start date but only once Northamptonshire County Council inform us of your Free School Meal entitlement start date.


Contacting Northamptonshire County Council Free School Meal Team

Please see below contact details for applications and queries regarding Free School Meals.

NOTE: Due to the current Corvid-19 situation, Northants County Council are operating a website and email only service.




0300 126 1000

Office hours:

Monday & Tuesday – 8:30am til 4:30pm

Wednesday – 8:30am til 12:00pm