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Free School Meals

A significant number of students in our school claim free school meals; 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:


Do you think you may be entitled to claim Free School Meals? 

Your child should be entitled to receive free school meals vouchers if you 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 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 the 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 per year
  • Children who receive any of the above benefits in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.
  • Please note - 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.


Providing free school meals during lockdown


Whilst we are in lockdown, the school will be supporting students who are entitled to FSM’s.  If students are in school they will receive their normal entitlement to a meal from the canteen. For students not physically in school, we will be providing Food Vouchers for families via Huggg at the end of each week.  If you have any questions or have not received your vouchers, please contact Sarah Norris, Finance Manager by email




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