Free School Meals

Free School Meals
 
Is your child eligible for Free School Meals? If so please see information and how to apply.
 
IF YOU DECIDE THAT YOUR CHILD DOES NOT WANT A SCHOOL MEAL BUT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A FREE SCHOOL MEAL, PLEASE STILL APPLY AS THE SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING WHICH WILL BENEFIT YOUR CHILD INCLUDING SUPPORT WITH TRIPS, SWIMMING LESSONS AND MUSIC LESSONS.
 

 

Your child might 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)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

Infant free school meals in England

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2

Tell your local authority if you also get any of the qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.

When you apply we will check your eligibility for free school meals (or Pupil Premium for KS1 pupils) by checking against those held by HM Revenue and Customs, The Home Office and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Apply for Free School Meals

You can apply for free school meals (or Pupil Premium for KS1 pupils) online: 

Apply for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

Applying online is the quickest way for us to deal with your application. However if you prefer you can  download the printable PDF to apply by post. 

Applications will be processed within three working days of receipt. You will be notified of the outcome in writing of when your Free School Meals will commence. Please note that that we are unable to backdate any claim.

If you are successful in your application, your childs/childrens entitlement will continue until the end of their school life or until you cease to be eligible – whichever is first.  There is no longer a need for claims to be renewed annually.

As the eligibility criteria for free school meals is determined by Central Government, not Local Government; as such, there is no appeal process for free school meals.

Benefits of a good meal at school

Cornwall Council believes that when children eat better, they achieve better. Whether families are paying for school meals or are entitled to them for free, children are more likely to concentrate in the classroom in the afternoon after eating healthy school lunches in a pleasant environment. This also improves their health and their learning about making better food choices.

Schools in Cornwall are responsible for arranging their own school meal provision; however, all schools must meet the national nutritional standards

 

 

T. 01752 845 463
E. secretary@bishop-cornish.cornwall.sch.uk