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Free School Meal Information

School Dinners

Our excellent school cook prepares hot meals on site, and our school kitchen has been awarded 'Grade 5' for cleanliness (the highest possible grade).  The children eat in the upstairs dining hall, closely supervised and supported by our lunchtime team.


In September 2014 the government introduced 'Universal Free School Meals' for all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.  This means that any families requesting hot meals during the school day do not have to pay for them, regardless of the family's income.  If families would prefer to send their children with a packed lunch, they can, of course, continue to do so.




Any families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) should still apply, as well as receiving a daily hot meal, the school receives additional funding to support these children in school.


How do I know if I can claim Free School Meals (FSM)?


If your child isn't registered for Free School Meals and you receive any of the following benefits, your child may be able to get free school meals:


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also 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
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.


How do I apply for FSM?


  • Telephone 0116 3056588 or 0116 3057093

  • Apply online today 


How to apply online for Free School Meals (FSM)