Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal.  If your child is in Year 3 or above, and you receive certain benefits, you may also be entitled to free school meals. 

Who qualifies for free school meals?

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7400, 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 £16190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Protection of free school meal eligibility

If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022 even if your circumstances change.  This protection has been introduced whilst the government completes its rollout of Universal Credit nationally.

Why should I register for a free meal?

Taking up free school meals has benefits for everyone:

  • children get a healthy nutritious meal
  • the school can claim an additional £1320 to support your child.  
  • families entitled to free school meals could save more than £400 per child per year. 

How do I apply for free school meals?

If you think you qualify for free school meals you can apply either by: