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Free School Meal Information

Universal Free School Meals 


Currently, every infant child in full time education in England is given a free school lunch when they are in school. This is called Universal Free School Meals. 


Pupil Premium/Free School Meals


If you have certain circumstances (listed below), you will be entitled to Pupil Premium/Free School Meals. This means that the school is given extra funding towards the education of your child. The extra funding will go to Free School Meals (for Junior children who are do not receive Universal Free School Meals) and may go towards trips, clubs and extra teaching activities. 


To be entitled to Free School Meal funding, your child must be in full time education.


Qualifying benefits


If you or your partner receive any of the following benefits you can apply for free school meals.

  • * Universal Credit – your household earned annual income must be less than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits
  • * Income Support
  • * Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • * Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • * Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • * The guaranteed part of State Pension Credit
  • * Child Tax Credit – with no Working Tax Credit and your annual household income is no more than £16,190 , as assessed by the Inland Revenue


If you believe you are entitled to Free School Meal Funding, you can apply here:


If your child is entitled to Pupil Premium/Free School Meals then you should be receiving supermarket vouchers, provided by the government and being distributed by school during the school closure. 

Please note: The supermarket voucher scheme is not currently running for all infant children, just those who meet the requirements above. 


If you believe you should be receiving vouchers and have not, please first visit the above link and fill in an application to check if you are eligible. The application tells you instantly if you have been approved or not. 

If you have been approved, please send an email to and let us know that you have just been approved online.






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