Free School Meals
Who can get free school meals
All pupils in reception, year one or year two in primary schools are entitled to free school meals.
Children in other years could get free school meals if you get:
Income Support (IS)
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance (IB-JSA)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit 'run on'- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Some young people over 16 can also get free school meals if they claim a benefit in their own right.
Free school meals can save you hundreds of pounds a year. If you receive benefits, your child could also get free milk, contact your school to find out what arrangements they make for school milk.
If you get free meals and your child has to go on work experience, you will be able to claim a refund for any lunches you have provided. Ask for details from the school.
Who can register for pupil premium
If you receive one of the above benefits that entitle your child to free school meals, you can also register your eligibility with the council so that the school can benefit from additional funding, called pupil premium.
The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the achievement of some pupils. This is measured by the number of children eligible for free school meals based on the above qualifying benefits. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school your child attends.
How to claim
In reception, year one or year two
If your child is in or starting reception, year one or year two you do not need to apply for free school meals. Just contact your child's primary school to check what they need to do to get their free meals. However, if you get any of the above benefits please register your child so the school can benefit from pupil premium.
Your child's free school meals will stop at the end of year two, unless you receive the above qualifying benefits and you have already registered your child with us.
Details available at:
To apply, or gain more information, please read the supporting leaflet or contact Mrs Beech in the school office or your local Area Education Office on 01254 220710.