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Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth
74 Heol Y Parc, Cefneithin, Llanelli
Carmarthenshire, SA14 7DT

Tel:01269 833900

Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth


Changes to free school meal eligibility

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Changes to free school meal eligibility under universal credit

The eligibility criteria for free school meals have been changed. This letter explains the changes and how they might affect you.

What are the new eligibility criteria?

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents receive any of the benefits below.

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run on – Paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?

If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, please apply on-line www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales .  The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.

If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.

I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?

Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the universal credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to universal credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e primary or secondary.

Where can I get more information?

If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals























Dear Head Teacher, 

School transport arrangements: I am writing to inform you of our school transport arrangements from September 2018. Timetables for our school transport services are now online at our website at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/schooltransport in the box marked “School Bus Timetables”. We will notify you by email of any changes to these timetables during the year. I would be grateful if you could please confirm which specific email address(es) you wish these updates to be sent to. Please note that Learners will be allowed to travel only on the route(s) and to or from the stop(s) shown on their Travel Passes, and the vehicles will only stop at the locations shown on the Timetables. Learners wishing to change their stopping arrangements need to contact us on 01267 228 326 or by email at LearnerTravel@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Application forms for school transport: School transport application forms and details of our policy are available online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/schooltransport Please note that paper application forms are no longer accepted.

Travel options for pupils not entitled to free transport: For those Learners who are not entitled to free transport, the timetable includes details of fare paying buses where available – in order to support the fare paying services i would be grateful if you could make this information available to those Learners who may wish to make use of them.

Spare seats on school buses: You may be aware that the Authority has a policy allowing spare seats on contracted school buses to be made available in certain circumstances to students who are not eligible for free transport. The relevant applications forms and scheme details are available at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/schooltransport I would be grateful if you could bring these forms to the attention of any families of Learners attending your school who reside within the “statutory walking distance” and therefore do not currently receive but who may be interested in taking up spare seats if available. Applications forms must be returned to the Authority by 12 noon on 28th September 2018.

Updating our records: The Authority is keen to ensure that as many spare seats as possible are made available, and I would therefore be very grateful to receive details of students who have left your school, or have changed address, since the last update supplied to us by your school. Such updates inevitably free up seats on school buses for other applicants including those requiring access to “spare seats”, and any information received from you before 28th September will assist in ensuring that the maximum number of spare seats can be made available. I would be grateful to receive this information by email to LearnerTravel@carmarthenshire.gov.uk




I would like to congratulate and thank the pupils, parents and staff of Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth on the school’s GCSE results. They reflect the excellent partnership between all stakeholders, their hard work, perseverance and commitment.  We look forward to welcoming a number of our students back to the Sixth Form and wish every success to those that will be embarking on a college course or a new career in the work place.

Some of the highest achievers include:

Emma Evans            -           9A*,  5A                                Llannon

Celyn Rees               -           8A*,  6A                                Llannon

Beca Thomas           -           8A*,  5A                                 Foelgastell

Sarah Treharne        -           3A*,  9A, 1B                           Llanddarog

Jessica Ennis           -           6A*,  4A, 3B, 1C                     Cross Hands

Nia Lloyd                   -         5A*,  5A, 4B                          Rhydaman

Anwen Price             -           2A*,  8A, 3B                           Pontyberem


Llun Lefel A 2018

Many congratulations to Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth students on their A Level examination success.  

Mr Wyn Evans, headteacher, said, ‘These results reflect the hard work of students, parents and staff alike.  I would like to congratulate everyone involved and wish the students every success and happiness as they embark on the next step to the wider world.

Some of the highest achievers include:




Iwan Heseltine

3A*, 1A


Aled Lester

3A*, 1A


Cadan Lewis

2A*, 2A


Ioan Price

2A*, 2A

Upper Tumble

Tomos Vaughan

2A*, 2A



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