How to apply for free school meals

This website allows parents to purchase school meals for their children and pay online. It allows you to read about forthcoming school events, and see what menus are on offer weeks in advance. This page tells you how you how to apply for free school meals for your child.


Universal Free School Meals:

In the 2014 to 2015 academic year schools will be paid funding at a flat rate of £2.30 for each meal taken by newly eligible pupils. All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals (FSMs). This will include academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.

Free School Meals:

All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals (FSMs). This will include academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.

In England, children at key stages 2-4 in state-funded schools are entitled to receive FSM if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • 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 they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

Application is easy. All you need to do is complete a form available from your school and send it to the Free School Meal service in your county. The only information the service requires is your name, address, date of birth, your National Insurance Number, the name of your child/children and the name of the school they attend. The team will then confirm if your child/children are entitled to receive Free School Meals.

If you would like more information, please contact the Free school Meals Team at your County offices.