FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Did you know that since September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meal every day?
However, for many children a Free School Meal entitlement may continue beyond KS1
If your child is in any year group from Reception to Year 6, and you receive one of the listed qualifying benefits below, you could be entitled to free school meals and should complete an online application form as soon as possible.
Qualifying benefits for Free School Meals include:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to 3 of your most recent assessment periods)
If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime, that’s great as not only will it be free, it may even save you more than £400 per year. There is NO stigma attached as no-on has access this information.
To check if your child is entitled to Free School Meals, please click on the link provided below to complete an online application form, or please contact the School Office for assistance:
You can apply regardless of which Borough you live, so don’t delay if you think you may qualify!
If you qualify but don’t want your child to have a Free School Meal, please still register as the School will get additional funding for resources. Your child can still have a packed lunch as normal.
It is important to note that:
- The Government gives additional funding to schools for those children entitled to free school meals.
- Schools use this money to contribute towards additional resources that help improve the quality of education.
School dinners are provided by an external company ISS Caterers. The cost of the school meals is £2.00 a day, £10.00 per week.
Please click on the link to create an account and please pay for all school dinners in advance.
Payment made to ISS Caterers directly on https://www.feedinghungryminds.co.uk/ways-to-pay/