Free School Meals (including application form)
Registering your child for free school meals
You may be aware of the universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) programme which entitles all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to a free school lunch.
However, you may not be aware that children from Year 3 to Year 6 may also be eligible to receive free school meals, and unless you register your child to receive free school meals, regardless of the year group they are in, your child may miss out on free school meals and the school may lose out on vital funding.
This extra funding is called pupil premium, and the government provides it to schools for every registered pupil meeting the specified financial criteria below. The purpose of this funding is to enhance the education of these pupils and bring their attainment in line with their peers. We are sure that you can see the benefit and importance of registering your child, so that we may receive this funding and give them the best possible start in their education.
These free school meals, and therefore the pupil premium, are available to children of families in receipt of 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 guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (if not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after no longer qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Please note: even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, you will still need to register your child for free school meals in order for the school to receive the funding, using a form available from the School Office or downloadable from this website, even though they may already receive a free school meal through the universal free school meals programme.