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Free School Meals

Available to children of families receiving benefits.

Who is eligible?

Free school meals are awarded as a benefit in respect of children under the age of 19 where the parent or guardian is in receipt of one of the benefits listed below:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax

Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please note: Children in receipt of Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

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How do parents/carers access the service?

You can obtain an application form direct from the school or you can down the Free School Meals application form below. The school will process the application.

What documentation will be needed?

You are eligible to receive Free School Meals if you are on any of the following 6 benefits:

Income Support

A copy of a letter sent within the last 3 months from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) stating that you are receiving income support

Income based Job Seekers Allowance

Copy of a letter from DWP sent within last 3 months and MUST state ‘Jobseekers Allowance’ (income based) on any page of the letter. If it doesn’t state this anywhere in the letter please obtain one from the DWP office. An interview card is not acceptable as proof of Job Seekers Allowance.

Child Tax Credit

A copy of your Tax Award Notice (TC602) confirming that your annual income does not exceed £16,190.

Income Related Employment and Support Allowance

A copy of the letter from Job Centre Plus

The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

A copy of your Pension Credit Award Notice (M1000)

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

A letter from the Home Office confirming your status


If you require further information or help processing your application, please contact Mrs Powell on 020 8839 0600