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Free School Meals

A significant number of students in our school are eligible for free school meals (FSM).  The majority enjoy a daily hot meal at school, but some chose to continue to bring a packed lunch from home.  There is no compulsion for eligible students to eat school meals if they do not wish to, but by applying for this support the school will receive additional funding through we can help students in many other ways.   Information about how we spend this additional funding to support students entitled to free school meals can be found on our website here:


Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get 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 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals

How to apply

Follow this link and apply on line –

You will need your National Insurance number to hand.

If you are unsure about the process or would welcome support with the application please do not hesitate to contact Bubbles Robinson via email at .  All information is kept completely confidential.


Free school meals & Covid-19

We will contact you and organise for free school meal payments to be sent to you if your child is absent from school because they

  • have had a positive lateral flow test (LFT)
  • are waiting for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test
  • are waiting for a PCR test result
  • have received a confirmation of having Covid-19 following a PCR test


If you have any questions about FSM payments relating to Covid-19, please contact our Finance Manager, Sarah Norris, by email at


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