All children in Reception (FS2), Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free meal. However, the school receives extra money (£1300 per pupil) for every child entitled to (and whose parents have claimed) a free school meal at any time in the past six years. So, if you qualify (see below) please still make a claim. It will benefit your child’s education. Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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 get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.
This information is correct at November 2015 – click here to see the latest DfE information regarding Free School Meals.