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Free School Meals Eligibility

Free School Meals Eligibility

Free school meals are now available for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

However, every family who applies for free school meals for their child because they are from a family on a lower income can unlock up to £1,320 extra funding for their school called Pupil Premium, which must be spent on supporting their development. So even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or year 2, and will automatically get a free meal, please do still make an application otherwise the school will not know that your child is eligible for additional funding.

Please visit the Pupil Premium page: here for more details.

We are extremely fortunate to have excellent kitchen facilities and currently, well over half of all pupils eat a school meal at lunchtime.   The kitchen staff are extremely friendly and get to know the children well.  We cater for children with specific allergies.

Who is Eligible for Free School Meals?

Children from households with lower incomes may be entitled to free school meals.  Our Office staff are very happy to advise you to help you complete an application. Please ask for Mrs Williams who is our free school meals applications manager; Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Please note that your eligibility is confirmed only by the Borough.

To be eligible;

  • Income Support

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

  • Income-related employment and support allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190

  • Guarantee element of state pension credit

Please note where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meal