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Universal and Free School Meals


All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered a free school meal funded by the Government through a programme called Universal Infant Free School Meals. Older children may also be eligible for a free school meal if their family is in receipt of certain benefits.

You no longer need to contact the Local Authority to apply for Free School meals, just click on the link below to see if you are eligible.


Do you qualify?

 Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if you receive one of the benefits below:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an income income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' -  the payment someone receive for a further weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.


How to claim ?

  1. Checking whether you qualify and registering is really quick and easy – do it online by clicking the link then New Application - Start.


  1. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350 a year) and the school gets extra money to help your child.


  1. If you don’t want your child to have a free school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify, and are registered, the school still gets the extra money.


  1. You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.


  If you have any queries or need some more information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 0161 338 4854.