Free School Meals
Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
From September 2014 all children in reception or year 1 and 2 infants are entitled to a free school meal. Older children can still qualify for a free meal depending on their parent or carer receiving certain benefits. The child’s school is entitled to money for each child who is registered for a free school meal or the Pupil Premium.
How to register
If this applies to you then you need to register for the Pupil Premium even if your younger child may automatically get a free meal.
If you don’t register, your school will miss out on funding which could go towards school trips or uniform discounts.
If a child prefers to take a packed lunch to school, or make other arrangements, that is fine, but you will still need to register to benefit their school.
Who can get free school meals?
Parents or guardians are entitled to get free school meals or milk for their children if they receive:
- Income Support, or
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance, or
- Guaranteed Pension Credit, or
- Child Tax Credit with a total annual taxable income of less than £16,190 and are NOT receiving Working Tax Credit, or
- Have successfully obtained asylum status, or
- People who claim income related Employment and Support Allowance, or
- Universal Credit
If you are a foster carer, and receiving a fostering allowance, you are not eligible to claim free school meals for those children you are fostering, from school year 3 and above.
Change in circumstances
If you have a change in your circumstances, for example your child changes school or you or your partner stop receiving any of the above listed benefits, please contact us as soon as possible.
You can tell us of the change:
- By calling 0151 606 2002
- Or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org