Free School Meals

Did you know that if you qualify for Free school Meals and by registering your child extra funding will be provided to directly support their education?  Register now to make sure they don’t miss out.

The Government funds schools to help children from lower income families do their very best at school via the Pupil Premium allocation. With this money we can fund or partially fund enrichment activities, such as school trips; the cost of residential visits; provide school resources; small group tuition and many other opportunities that arise throughout the school year. Please see the school website for a more detailed breakdown of our Pupil Premium spending.

If you have not already done so, please register as soon as possible to make sure your child does not miss out.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

How does it work? 

  1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list on the next page.
  2. If your child is in KS2 (Year 3 and above) registering is really quick and easy online by clicking here.  Please speak to Mandy or Vicki in the school office if you need any assistance completing the form or if you need to come in and use a computer.
  3. If you want your KS2 child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal.
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school can still receive the funding to support your son/daughter.
  5. If your child is in FS or KS1 (and has a free school meal anyway) we can still access the funding but we will need your date of birth and National Insurance Numbers and proof of receipt of the benefit(s) listed over the page. Please bring this information to the school office before 16th January and  the funding will be available this year. This information will be shared only with Essex County Council.  


Do you qualify? 

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

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