Are you entitled to Free School Meals for your children?

Why free school meals?

We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can.  Healthy school food has obvious benefits and can help pupils establish healthy habits for life; it can also help to improve pupils’ readiness to learn.

Registering for free school meals could also raise extra money for the academy.  This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent(s) is receiving one of the benefits listed below.

Who qualifies?

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals.  Your child is eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Applying

To check if your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please complete a Free School Meal Registration Form and return it to Mrs R Sharp, in the Exams Office.

The information you provide on this form will be used by Lincolnshire County Council to confirm receipt of one of the listed benefits.  Once this is confirmed it helps to decide how much money the academy will receive each year.  You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at St Peter and St Paul Academy.  To avoid requesting this information again, Lincolnshire County Council will store your data securely and it will be checked periodically for eligibility.

For more information on Free School Meals please click here to visit the Lincolnshire County Council website.

If you have any queries, or would like to talk to someone about Free School Meals, please do not hesitate to come into school or telephone (01522) 699756.