Free School Meals

Parents and carers who receive certain benefits may be eligible for either Pupil Premium funding or Free School Meals. This page outlines the eligibility criteria, how to apply and information for schools.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children receive free school meals at no cost to you. This is a universal entitlement for all infant aged children. By applying for free school meals for children in these year groups, parents receiving one of the welfare benefits listed below will be eligible for Pupil Premium funding. This is extra money for the school, provided by government, to pay for targeted support for learning.
Year 3 and above children receive free school meals if the parent/carer is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed below.

Who is eligible?

You must be in receipt of one of the below benefits to be eligible for a Free School Meal for your child/children.

  • Income Support
  • Employment & Support Allowance – Income related
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (NOT Contribution Based JSA)
  • Child Tax Credit only (with a combined family income of less than £16,190 per annum as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) Please note, anyone receiving Working Tax Credit, regardless of income, will NOT qualify for FSMs.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS)
  • Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit

How do I apply?

System Maintenance The Portal will be unavailable on 9th and 14th February 2018 for system maintenance, apologies for the inconvenience

You can register and find out if your child is eligible by visiting the Citizens Portal.

The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, please show the Application Summary to your school on your smartphone or print a copy for your school.

Please register with the portal, even if you have applied and been unsuccessful in the past. By doing so we will have your contact details and can inform you straight away if your eligibility changes. 

Information for schools

Please refer to the below guides to assist with maximising the effectiveness of the online eligibility checking system:


Last Updated: 8 February 2018