Taking up free school meals has benefits for everyone:
Even if you don't want to take up the offer of free school meals but you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, we would strongly encourage you to apply. That way your school can benefit from the extra funding eligibility attracts.
Free school meals are offered to children of families who receive:
Please note, if you receive working tax credit, you will not be eligible for free school meals. The only exception to this is if you are in receipt of the four week Working Tax Credit run-on after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
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.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive free school meals under the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. However, we strongly encourage parents who believe they also meet the benefit related free school meals criteria to complete a free school meals application.
If you meet the benefit related criteria, your school will also benefit from additional funding known as Pupil Premium.
You can apply online or pick up an application form from your child’s school.