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Free School Meals

Information on who can get free school meals and how to apply.

Year 2 and below

If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 they can get free school meals as part of the national Universal Free Infant School Meals Scheme.


It is important that if you receive a qualifying benefit you still need to register for free school meals under the eligibility scheme.

Your child’s school can then get extra money to help with their education. For more information speak to your child’s school.

Year 3 and above

If your child is under 19 and in full-time education, you may be able to get free school meals for them if you get one of these benefits:

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you’re an asylum seeker
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Children who receive Income Support (IS) or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right can also get free school meals.

Apply for free school meals

School meals application form    Opens new window

Send your completed form to the address shown at the end of the form.

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