Free school meals are available to children from low income households. If your child is eligible for free school meals, not only will they benefit from a free healthy and nutritious meal every lunch time, the school will also receive additional funding (Pupil Premium) to help them fulfill their potential at school as well.
1. Free School Meals:
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
◦ Income Support
◦ income-based Job seekers Allowance
◦ income-related Employment and Support Allowance
◦ support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
◦ the guaranteed element of State 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
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.
2. Pupil Premium:
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to help children from
low income families make achievements in line with their potential. Our school will only receive this additional money to spend on children if parents or guardians who are eligible, apply for it.
Who is eligible?
The school is awarded the additional funding for children who meet any of the following criteria:
• have a parent serving in the armed forces;
• are currently entitled to free school meals
• have been entitled to free school meals within the last 6 years;
• are ‘looked after’ (ie. have been looked after by the state in either a children's home or a foster home)
• are covered by a guardianship order
• are covered by a residency order
• have been adopted from care.
On the following pages are application forms for both free school meals and pupil premium. The free school meals form should be sent to the County Hall address given on the form and the pupil premium form handed in to the school secretary.
If you have any problems filling out either of these forms please contact the school secretary for help on 01572 787658
Additionally if you require require any advice about your eligibility, for Free School Meals, please telephone School Food Support on 0116 3057093 or
0116 3056588 or 0116 3056409.
Download application form and return to:
School Food Support Service
Room 400, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8RB