Free School Meals
Universal Infant 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 receiving additional support.
Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit (provided your earned income is no more than £616.67 in the last Universal Credit assessment period)
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not 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
All children who are entitled to Free School Meals because of their families financial circumstances bring an additional £1320 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:
If in doubt please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will provide you with the relevant support and information.