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Free school meals

Free school meals during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

If children are entitled to receive free school meals on benefit related grounds, their school will continue to ensure they have access to meals during the current term time school closures. This may take the form of supermarket vouchers or any other suitable arrangements schools are able to put in place. Schools will contact eligible parents to outline the arrangements.

Children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 who receive a universal infant free school meal will not receive continued provision unless they also qualify on benefit related grounds.

Please only apply if you believe you are eligible

We are receiving unprecedented levels of new free school meal applications. These will be processed as soon as is possible and the eligibility result communicated to you and your child's school. To assist us with ensuring we are able to prioritise help to those people who really need it, please only apply if you believe you meet the eligibility criteria shown on this webpage. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

You will be able to claim free school meals for your child if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7400, 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 £16190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Protection of free school meal eligibility

If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023 even if your circumstances change.  This protection has been introduced whilst the government completes its rollout of Universal Credit nationally.

How do I apply for free school meals?

Children attending Baylis Court School, Godolphin Junior School or Phoenix Infant Academy

If you think you qualify for free school meals you must apply directly via the school:

Children attending any other Slough school or Trevelyan Middle School, Windsor

If you think you qualify for free school meals you can apply either by:

To use our online form you must supply an e-mail address so we can inform you of the result of your application.  If you don't have an e-mail address or would prefer to complete a paper application form, please apply through your child's school.

Please make sure you have the following information ready before making an application:

  • Your National Insurance number, or if you are an Asylum Seeker your National Asylum Support Service number (NASS)
  • Your personal information including your date of birth and full legal name
  • Your child's name and school
  • Details of the benefits you currently receive

Universal Infant Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive free school meals under the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme.  Your child's school will provide more information on this scheme and details on how to access free meals for your child.

We strongly encourage all parents who believe they also meet the benefit related free school meals criteria to complete one of our application forms, even if you already access free meals under the Universal scheme.  If you meet the benefit related criteria, your school will also benefit from additional funding known as Pupil Premium.

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is a sum of money the government gives to schools each year to help them improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.  The amount each school gets is determined by the number of pupils at school who:

  • have been eligible for free school meals at some point in the last 6 years
  • are looked after by the local authority
  • are no longer looked after by a local authority because they have been adopted, had a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order

For each child who has been eligible for free school meals at some point in the last 6 years, primary schools receive £1320 and secondary schools receive £935.