Free School Meals & Universal Infants Free School
Who Qualifies for Free School 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 £16,190
- 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
What is Pupil Premium?
The government will continue to provide schools with additional
funding to support or enhance the learning of pupils who are
currently or have been entitled to free school meals within the
last 6 years. It is essential that parents/carers apply even if the
pupil does not wish to receive a free school meal.
Who Qualifies for Universal Infant Free School Meals?
From September 2014 the government are introducing universal
infant free school meals for all pupils in Reception, Years 1 and
2. In order for your child's school to recognise who is eligible
for universal meals and who qualifies for free school meals for
funding purposes we would encourage all parents to register with
their school by completing an application form even if the child
does not wish to receive a meal.
How do I apply for Free School Meals and / or Universal Free
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, an application
form can be obtained from your child's school.
If your child is in Year 3 or above, you can complete an online
Free School Meals Application Form.
Contact Tracey or Karen in the Free School Meals Team on Tel
01905 766182 or at email@example.com
if you have any queries.
Free School Meal Application Form June 2014 (PDF 116 KB)
What happens then?
- Your eligibility for Free School Meals and / or Universal Free
School Meals will be checked by your child's school
- If we receive your free school meals application form,
eligibility will be checked online
- If you qualify for a Free School Meal under the benefit
criteria, a letter will be sent to you confirming your Free School
- Your child or children's school will also be informed
- Free School Meals cannot be granted to any child until either
the school or ourselves have received a correctly completed
- Entitlement to free school meals cannot be backdated
- Schools will know if your child qualifies for a Universal
Infants Free School Meal.
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 Education to confirm your
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 other reason.
This page was last reviewed 13 June 2014 at 11:07.
The page is next due for review 10 December 2015.