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Free School Meals

If you think that your child is eligible for Free School Meals but currently does not receive them, please contact the school office who will be able to verify a claim on your behalf.  The only information required to do this is:

  • Child’s full name
  • Parent’s full name
  • Parent’s date of birth
  • Parent’s National Insurance Number

The most up to date information on eligibility for free school meals is available from the internet.  The following information has been taken from this link.

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • 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 guarantee 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf, and their eligibility has been verified by the school where they are enrolled or by the local authority.

In addition, while the rollout of Universal Credit is ongoing, any pupil eligible for free school meals since 1 April 2018 will keep their free school meal eligibility until the current end date of 31 March 2025.  Please speak to the school office for further clarification about this period of free school meals transitional protection.