School Free Meals
Free School Meals can only be awarded if you or your partner are
- Income Support
Job Seekers Allowance – Income Based
- Employment and Support Allowance - Income Related
- Support under part V1 of the immigration and Asylum Act
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax
Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
**Note: From 1st May 2009, children are eligible for Free School
Meals for a four week period immediately after the parent/carer
becomes unemployed, or reduces their hours to less than 16 hours a
week, but is still in receipt of Working Tax Credit. You will need
to be able to produce a copy of your Tax Credit Decision Notice to
claim under this criteria.
Where do I apply for Free School Meals?
Contact Tracey or Karen in the Free School Meals Team on Tel
01905 766182 to find out if you qualify and for an application
You can also e-mail us at Free School
Application forms can also be obtained from your child's school or
by downloading a
Free School Meals Application Form
How do I apply for Free School Meals?
Complete the free school meal application form and return it to
one of the schools your child/ren attends or to the address on the
What happens then?
- When we receive your free school meals application form
eligibility will be checked online
- Once your Free School Meals are confirmed your application will
- A letter will be sent to you confirming your Free School Meal
- Your child or children's school will also be informed
- Free School Meals can not be granted to any child until either
the school or ourselves have received a correctly completed
- Entitlement to free school meals can not be backdated
What happens if my circumstances change?
If an applicant ceases to receive one of the above mentioned
benefits, they must inform this office immediately, as entitlement
to free school meals must be cancelled. Giving false information or
failing to disclose a change in circumstances may lead to legal
What do I do to maintain my claim for Free School Meals?
Your claim for Free School Meals will be reviewed on a regular
basis. We use an online Free School Meals eligibility checking
system provided by the department for children, schools and
families to confirm your entitlement.
NB The online checking system only confirms or denies your
eligibility to claim Free School Meals: it does not give us any
other information. If we cannot confirm your entitlement through
this process we will contact you to ask you to provide up-to-date
evidence of the benefit you receive.
Will I need to re-apply if my child changes school?
Your child remains entitled to free school meals as long as you
are eligible. Free meal entitlement will automatically follow your
child to the next stage of their education (i.e., in September) and
the new school will be advised of this.
BUT – The Free School Meals Team will need to be advised if your
child transfers to another school at any other time or for any
Free computer and/or internet access for Free School Meals
We have recently had some enquiries from some parents of
children who receive free school meals asking about their
eligibility to apply for a government funded Home Access Grant.
This grant allows eligible families with children 3-9 attending a
maintained school to be provided with a free laptop and home
broadband connection. The programme is aimed at those that need it
most and targets families that do not have current access to a
computer or the internet at home
To make further enquiries and/or request an application form
please contact: Home Access Grant Helpline: 0333 200 1004
This page was last reviewed 13 March 2013 at 12:44.
The page is next due for review 9 September 2014.