Free school meals

Help your school and yourself - claim free school meals

Taking up free school meals has benefits for everyone:

  • children get a healthy nutritious meal
  • schools can benefit directly by receiving £1320 for each eligible primary school child and £935 for each secondary child.
  • families entitled to free school meals could save more than £400 per child per year. 

Who qualifies for free school meals

Free school meals are offered to children of families who receive:

  • Income support
  • Income Based Jobseeker Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Employment & Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR))
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (TC602) - if you have a yearly income of less than £16,190 and do not get working tax credit, then your child/children are entitled to free school meals
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit (M1000 Award Notice)
  • Universal Credit.

How to apply for free school meals?

If you think you qualify for free school meals then you can apply through our online free school meals form. We will then inform you if your application is successful or not.

If you do not have an email address then you can get a 'free school meals' application form from your child’s/children’s school. The school/s will then inform you if your application is successful or not.

Not claiming benefits, but have a child in reception, Year 1 and Year 2?

There are clear advantages in pupils having a school dinner, so the Government have announced that every child in the above year groups will be eligible for a free meal under the Universal Free School Meals scheme.

You can apply online or pick up a registration form from your child’s school.