Are you entitled to Free School Meals for your children?

Why free school meals?

Research has shown that children who eat a healthy lunch are more likely to concentrate in the classroom during the afternoon thereby increasing their ability to learn and succeed.  Free school meals also give parents the reassurance that their child is eating a healthy balanced lunch every day.

In addition to benefiting the child and family the school can also benefit as each child registered for free school meals brings extra funding into the school so it is really important that parents register their child if eligible.

Who qualifies?

Parents do not have to pay for their children’s school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s 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 annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 (as at April 2012)

*unless in the Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

We would like to reassure parents that any application is strictly confidential and pupils who have free school meals attend the canteen in exactly the same way and at the same time as all other pupils, therefore removing the reason for any child to feel they are being treated differently.


If you meet any of these criteria then we strongly urge you apply.  Please complete and return a registration form and return it to Miss J McGovern at the academy.  Free School Meal Registration Form.

More information on Free School Meals is available on the following link:

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) 871400.