Free School Meals

Are you entitled to apply for free school meals?

If you get any of the following support payments, your child may be entitled to receive free school meals (FSM):

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit

Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.


The FSM allowance is automatically credited each day to the student’s ParentPay catering account, the student can then access the funds to purchase food and drink in the School canteen if he/she so chooses. An additional benefit for students eligible for FSM is the Pupil Premium. These funds are allocated to the school to provide additional support to raise the achievement of students who currently receive, or have received in the last 6 years, free school meals.


If you think your child is entitled to FSM, please complete an application form and return it to school.  Further information and application forms are available from the Finance Office.  Please ensure you are able to show documentary proof of any support you are receiving.


Further information is available  on the Government Website:

Applying for Free School Meals



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