Eligibility for free school meals

Parent and carers who are in receipt of one of the following income-related benefits may be entitled to free school meals for their children:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit combined with both a household income below £16,190 per annum and not in receipt of any Working Tax Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit, with an annual household earnings of less than £7,400

Apply online for free school meals

Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Job Seekers' Allowance do not entitle you to assistance with free school meals.

You may also qualify if you have just started to work less than 16 hours a week, or immediately after employment has ceased for a temporary 4-week 'run-on' period only.

Universal Infant Free School Meals

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically eligible to receive free school meals.

Parents and carers who feel they may meet the low income criteria as above are asked to apply as if they are entitled, schools will benefit from additional funding known as The Pupil Premium.

Your data

When you apply online for free school meals (or via a paper application) we'll use and process your information for the purposes of your application, and for supporting your child's teaching and learning.

Find out how we process your data.

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