Free School Meals

Free school meals for Early Years and KS1

All children attending school in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school meal free of charge.  Even though your child will receive a school meal, if you are receiving any of the benefits listed below you should still apply as the school will also be entitled to extra funding of £1300 known as Pupil Premium.

Apply for free school meals

To complete an application you’ll need to give:

  • your own name and date of birth
  • contact details
  • national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
  • child’s name and date of birth
  • school your child is attending or will attend

Free school meals from Year 3 onwards

If you have children under 19 years old and still in full time education, they may be entitled to a free school meal if you receive either:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-one paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

You will not be entitled to Free School Meals if you receive any element of Working Tax Credit or if your annual househol income (as assessed by HMRC) is greater than £16 190.

Proof of your benefit will not need to be provided at this stage, however, you will be informed if any proof of benefit is required at a later stage.

Apply for free school meals

To complete an application you’ll need to give:

  • your own name and date of birth
  • contact details
  • national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
  • child’s name and date of birth
  • school your child is attending or will attend

Reviews and changes in circumstance

You must update your details using our online free school meal system if there are any changes to your circumstances, so we can make sure your child still receives their free school meals.

Regular reviews will be carried out once per month and contact will be made if your entitlement changes or if any further information is required.

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