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Applying for Free School Meals


All of the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 get a free ‘Universal’ school dinner each day but Free School Meals is different to this!


Applying successfully for Free School Meals will bring roughly an additional £1320 (per child) to support your own child’s learning and development in school.

If you haven’t done so already and you fit any of the following criteria, please telephone (0116 3057093 or 0116 3056588 or 0116 3056409).



Criteria for Free School Meals – please apply if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance Income Based
  • Child Tax Credit, provided the annual taxable income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue is not in excess of £16,190.  Families who also receive an award of Working Tax Credit do not qualify to claim for FSM.
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Children who receive Income Support (IS) or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive FSM
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after qualification ends for working tax credit
  • Universal Credit


The telephone conversation will be only a few minutes but it’s well worth the time because of the extra funding for your child.

Application for free school meals can be made to the Local Authority by parents receiving Income Support.  The Secretary will be pleased to supply further information.

Free School Meals - Application Form