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Please read the information on this page fully before you submit an application. If you submit an eligibility application to us, it will be processed as soon as possible. The result will be communicated to both you and your child's school.
If your child is, or becomes eligible, their school will provide some form of free school meals. Where children:
These alternative arrangements will remain in place during the summer holiday provided your child is eligible at least one week before the holiday starts.
Any child who becomes eligible for free school meals during the summer holidays will not receive any alternative form of meals e.g. vouchers. These children will begin receiving free school meals once they return to school in September.
As we are not involved in the allocation of supermarket vouchers, we are unable to offer any assistance for them. If you believe you should have had a voucher but have not received it, please contact your child's school directly. Go to the Edenred site for any queries or problems to do with the vouchers you have been issued or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be able to claim free school meals for your child if you receive one of the following benefits:
To be eligible for free school meals, a Universal Credit recipient must have earnings from employment which do not exceed £7400 per year. Whether you exceed the £7400 per year threshold is determined by looking at any earnings from employment reported on your most recent Universal Credit statements. Firstly, the last complete Universal Credit assessment period is reviewed for income from employment in excess of £616.67 (one twelfth of the £7400 threshold).
If income from employment in the most recent Universal Credit period is less than £616.67, an applicant is eligible for free school meals. If it exceeds £616.67, then combined income from employment in the last two and then the last three assessment periods are considered (assuming Universal Credit has been received for longer than one complete period). The full income from employment thresholds are:
Universal Credit recipients can determine the amount of income from employment recorded on their claim by referring to the deductions section of their Universal Credit statements. An "earnings reported by your employer" amount will be recorded if appropriate.
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.
If you have children who are entitled to receive free school meals on benefit related grounds, their school will continue to make sure they have access to meals during the pandemic. Children who have now returned to school may have their meals provided in school. Or for those who have not yet returned to school, either supermarket vouchers will be provided or other arrangements put in place e.g. food parcels. Your child's school will provide further information.
Provision will also be extended to cover the summer holidays.
If you wish to make a new claim for free school meals, you may do so via your child's school or our free school meals online application form (unless your child attends Baylis Court School, Godolphin Junior School or Phoenix Infant School - please contact these schools directly).
Anyone who is deemed eligible for free school meals will receive the provision outlined above. Provision will continue during the summer holidays, but only if you become eligible before your child's school has formalised it's school food arrangements for the summer break. Your child's school can provide further information.
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.
The government have temporarily extended free school meal eligibility to the groups listed below. Eligibility under these categories will only remain in place until schools re-open. If you believe you meet one of these criteria, please email us on email@example.com or contact your child's school.
If you think you qualify for free school meals you must apply directly via the school:
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:
Upon receipt, your application is assessed against data held by the government. The information they hold will confirm whether or not you are claiming one of the qualifying benefits and if applicable, whether you also meet the household income threshold. Once your application has been processed, both you and your child's school will be e-mailed with the result. Please read the information contained within the result e-mail very carefully. If you are eligible for free school meals, you child's school will contact you regarding the free school meal provision they offer.
If your child is or becomes eligible for free school meals on benefit related grounds, 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.
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:
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.