Free School Meals

Universal Free School Meals

Every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state funded schools will receive a free school lunch from September 2014. The Government’s aim is to improve academic attainment and save families money – over the course of a year the average family spends £437 on school lunches per child.


Free School Meals for families in Key Stage 2 receiving additional support
Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2010 does not exceed £16,190.
  • Working Tax Credit -during the four-week period immediately after your employment ceases, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to free school lunches
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.


All children who are entitled to Free School Meals because of their families financial circumstances bring an additional £1300 into the school budget to support their learning experiences at school. This money is known as PUPIL PREMIUM money and enables school to plan and support learning opportunities for these children.
So even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 or in Key Stage 2 please apply for Free School Meals if you are entitled to the benefits above and your child will receive the Pupil Premium allowance. The school will not receive this allowance for your child unless you specifically apply for Free School Meals on the financial grounds listed above. To apply use the link below:

Apply for free school meals

If in doubt please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will provide you with the relevant support and information.

Thorn Grove Primary School
Woodstock Avenue
Cheadle Hulme