Free School Meals

Dear parents and carers,

I am writing to encourage all families to explore whether or not your child might be entitled to Free School Meals. For many of you with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, you might think that this is not necessary as your child already receives a Free School Meal. This is because of the Government’s current policy of providing all infant aged children with a free meal. However, from Year 3 onwards your child’s meals would need to be paid for.

If entitled, it is definitely worth registering for Free School Meals now, as both you, your child and school will benefit from this for the duration of your child’s time at our school. The number of children we have on roll who are entitled to Free School Meals affects the school’s main budget. School will also receive additional funding so that your child will be entitled to subsidised trips, school uniform vouchers and visits in the future.

Free school meals and clothing vouchers are available for your child(ren) if you receive one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • 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
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of April 2012 does not exceed £ 16,190. Note: From 1st May 2009 where you are entitled to 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 Meals, this may be extended
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit


If you receive working tax credits you may not be eligible for free school meals or clothing grants.

To apply for free school meals and clothing vouchers:

All of this information is available in the Information section of our website with links to the application information. Again, I would encourage all families to check their entitlement to this funding. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me in school.

Warm regards,

Matthew Towe – Head teacher