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Free School Meals

Eligibility and how to apply for Free School Meals


  • From September 2014, all pupils in years R, 1 and 2 are entitled to school meals under the Government's Universal Free Meals policy.
  • Parents of children in this age group are still encouraged to make an application for Free School Meals if they believe they meet the eligibility criteria. because this also generates the Pupil Premium, which gives schools additional funding.
  • Parents of older children/young people may not have to pay for school lunches if they meet the eligibility criteria,  and this also generates the Pupil Premium which gives schools additional funding. 


Eligibility Criteria


You may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support;
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit during the 4 week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week.


Pupils who do not qualify for free school lunches must be charged the same amount for the same quantity of the same item.