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Free School Meal Scam

We have been notified by the Department of Education that, nationally, fraudsters have been sending out scam e-mails and texts to parents pretending to be from the Department of Education. 

These e-mails state “As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported”.

The DoE have confirmed that this is a scam email and is not official. Under no circumstances send any information to them.


The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about the Coronavirus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday – Friday)

Schools have been advised not to close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) Coronavirus case unless advised to do so by 

Public Health England.

Latest information can be accessed here: