Apply for free school meals

Pupils are eligible for free school meals if their parents or carers receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) but not Working Tax Credit (WTC), with an income under £16105 with effect from 6 April 2015.
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit (CTC) and maximum Working Tax Credit (WTC) with an income under £6420.
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

Pupils are eligible for Free School Meals in their own right if they are between 16-18 and fall into any of these categories.

Apply for free school meals

Complete an application form and provide some evidence of the qualifying benefit. Please return the form to your child's school.

You must provide evidence of the qualifying benefit each year in September. If you stop claiming the benefits you must notify the school. If you receive a free school meal to which you are not entitled, you may be asked to pay the money back.


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