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Free School Meals

Did you know about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium Funding?

Schools are given a pupil premium for children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1300 per year for each of these children. Schools use this money to boost the pupil's learning and to help support opportunities such as music lessons and school trips to become more affordable for parents that are in receipt of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (if they not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may get for another 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit

Check your eligibility here by filling in the online Free School Meals form. You cannot complete a renewal for free school meals online. If you are already receiving free school meals benefit, please take your evidence of entitlement to the school office to continue receiving the benefit.

Free School Meals for Infant Age Children (Early Years, year 1 and year 2)

From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell their school – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium and provide your child with additional support and opportunities.

Registering for free school meals whilst your child is of infant age could still have significant financial benefits for you, depending on the school you attend. These benefits are funded by the Pupil Premium and may include:

  • Free or subsidised school trips
  • Free or subsidised breakfast or after school clubs
  • Free or subsidised music tuition
  • Additional support in school

Free School Meals for Junior Age Children (years 3 to 6)

In addition to many of the above benefits, junior age children would also continue to receive a free school meal. Currently the universal free school meal only applies to infant age children.

Free School Meals for Secondary Age Children

In addition to many of the above benefits, secondary age children would also continue to receive a free school meal. Currently the universal free school meal only applies to infant age children.

Page last updated: 06/07/2018