Free School Meals Information.
From September 2014 there will be two free school meal schemes - universal infant free school meals and income related free school meals.
Universal infant free school meals
If your child attends a state funded school and is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 (key stage 1) they are entitled to free school meals regardless of your income.
Income related free school meals
Free school meals are a statutory benefit. The Government does not allow us to recognise any other benefit other than those mentioned below. If you are not sure, please get in touch with the Admissions and Benefits team using the contact information at the bottom of the page.
Free school meals are available to children of families who are in receipt of:
- income Support
- income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- an 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, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week (please seek advice about this from the Benefits Agency)
Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.
In cases where children receive education who have not attained compulsory school age, there will be a conditional requirement that they receive education both before and after the lunch period, before being eligible to receive Free School Meals.
Please note: Working Tax Credit is NOT a criteria.
If you require further clarification of any of the above information, please contact the Free School Meals team on 024 7683 1555/2801 or visit the link below
We urge those parents who do receive a qualifying benefit to make a formal application as this will allow the school to claim additional funding (pupil premium) for new equipment and resources