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Free School Meals

Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Funding


From September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, will be able to receive a free school meal whether their parents are in receipt of benefits or not. If your child is in one of these year groups we still need you to apply for a free meal if you are receiving benefits so that the school can receive Pupil Premium funding on behalf of your child- funding of £1500 per child.

If your child is in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 you will still need to apply for Free School meals.


Schools get extra funding of £1500 for every child registered as eligible for a free school meal - they don’t even need to have a school dinner. The school can then use this money for activities including art therapy, booster classes, educational trips and after school clubs.

Even if you do not want your child to receive a free meal, don't let your school miss out on this important extra funding that will benefit your child.

Your child may qualify for a free meal if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, (providing you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit



Please click to check if you are eligible: