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Free school meals entitlement


Who is entitled to free school meals?

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or carers receive any of the benefits below:

  •  Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  •  Income Support
  •  Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  •  Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  •  Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  •  The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  •  Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  •  Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.

Eligibility criteria and information on free school meals are available to download at


The criteria listed above are the new criteria introduced in May 2018. Please see the attached letter below giving more information and explaining how the changes may affect you.

If you feel that you are entitled to Free School Meals for your child/ren then please complete the registration form and return it to school. Registration forms are available to download at or alternatively click on the link below which will open up the registration form.

What if my circumstances change?

You should notify the school of any changes:

  • if you start work and come off benefit
  • if you change address
  • if your child changes school


Free School Meals and Healthy Eating

Over the last few years the quality of school food has improved dramatically. Research shows that pupils are more likely to concentrate in lessons if they have eaten a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime. By choosing school lunches, not only will you be saving yourself the time of preparing a packed lunch every day, you can also be sure that your child is getting the range and amount of food that will help contribute to their health and well-being. On average parents spend £450 on packed lunches per year for each child, which is money that could be spent on other things.