Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in reception class, year 1 or year 2.
Free school meals will stop at the end of year 2 unless you register with us and are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
Tell us if you get any of the above benefits as your child’s school can get extra funding, called pupil premium.
You do not need to apply for children in reception, year 1 and year 2. Contact your child's primary school to check what to do.
The pupil premium provides extra funding to raise the achievement of some pupils. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school your child attends.
You can ring your local area education office. It must be the person claiming the benefit that rings.
You will need to provide your:
They will confirm whether you are entitled over the telephone.
Download the application form and return it to your local area education office.
If you receive benefits, your child could also get free milk. Contact your school to find out what arrangements they make for school milk.
If you already get free meals and your child is on work experience, you can claim for any lunches you have provided. Ask for details from the school.
Some young people over 16 can also get free school meals if they claim a benefit in their own right.
Qualifying benefits include:
If you attend a school sixth form or special school, contact your local area education office.
If you attend a sixth form college or FE college, contact the college direct to claim your free meals.
If you are eligible, we will let the school know that your child can have free school meals.
You won't need to apply again as we check that you are entitled on a regular basis. We will also let you know if you are no longer eligible.
You should still contact us if:
Schools differ in how they inform the dinner service who can get free school meals. Please contact your school if you have any questions.
We use the government benefits database to check entitlement for free school meals.
If it shows that you are not entitled, it does not mean that your children are not entitled to free school meals.
You may need to provide further proof of your entitlement so that we can check your claim again. You can do this providing us with a copy of one of the following documents:
Contact your local area education office for more details.
Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools
How much pupil premium funding schools receive, how they should spend it and how they are held to account.