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Free School Meals

Many parents are eligible for FREE School Meals for their children, but are not registering to take up this opportunity. Make sure you – and your child – are not missing out!

The term “Free School Meals” refers to a meal that is provided to a child or young person during a school break that is paid for out of Government funding. For a child to qualify for a free school meal, their parent or carer must be receiving particular eligible benefits as stated by the Government.

If you are currently paying for your child’s school meals you could make a substantial saving if you are eligible for Free School Meals for your child.

You must receive one of these benefits to qualify:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit with an annual gross income into the household that is no more than £16,190, provided you are not entitled to working tax credit. If you are entitled to any part of working tax credit there is no eligibility with the exception of working tax run-on as shown below
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Proof of benefit may be requested.

Applying for FREE School Meals has now been made even easier – parents simply need to complete our online form by clicking here. After submitting the form parents and the Academy will be informed of a decision regarding eligibility, and if eligible, Free School Meals will then be made available every lunch time.  Students simply need to present their ID card in the usual way when purchasing their dinner.

 If you feel you are eligible to apply for Free School Meals for your child, please complete the application form by clicking here.