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Free School Meals

You can apply for the Pupil Premium, including Free School Meals at or by calling their Customer Service Centre on 01522 782030.

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, 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 £16,190)

• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows:

• From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time.

• In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.

• Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).


The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2022

Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.

What if my circumstances change?
You should notify the school and the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782030 of any changes:
if you start work and come off benefit
if you change address
if your child changes school

Contact details for further information:
Children's Services
County Offices
Tel: (01522) 782030
Fax: (01522) 516054


What is the Pupil Premium?
When you successfully apply for free school meals the school will receive an extra £600 of government funding even if your child does not want the meal. This additional funding will be used to help children from lower income families do their very best at school. Please also be aware that if your family is registered for free school meals you may be eligible to claim other forms of assistance, for instance with home to school transport.

More information can be found here:

Free School Meal Standards
All food provided by schools must meet national nutritional standards. These ensure that children are provided with a healthy, balanced diet. The new standards, introduced in September 2006, require the following:
high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish regularly available
at least two portions of fruit and vegetables with every meal
bread, other cereals and potatoes regularly available

School meals are the best way to make sure your child is getting all the nutrients they need to be able to learn.