Applying for Free School Meals
Please read the information below and speak to Mrs Metcalf, in the school office, if you think your child may be entitled to free school meals. Even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, please let us know if you think you are entitled to the meals due to the benefits you receive as schools now receive additional funding depending on the number of pupils on free school meals.
What you need to know
Free school meals are only available in England and Wales.
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Infant free school meals
Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:
- Reception class
- Year 1
- Year 2