All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Infant free school meals
Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:
- reception class
- year 1
- year 2
This includes academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools. You do not need to apply for free school meals if your child meets the above criteria, however if you are on a low income you should still apply so that your child’s school can claim the Pupil Premium. This is extra money paid direct to schools for each child who is eligible for free school meals due to the household being on a low income. It is used to support your child’s education.
For more information on free school meals or to apply please visit https://www.southglos.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits/free-school-meals/
Help us get more funding
Even if you would prefer your child to eat packed lunch and you think you may be eligible for free school meals, whether or not your child receives Universal Infant Free School Meals, it is important that you still apply.
- The school receives additional funding towards your child’s education for every child who receives free school meals.
- You may be eligible for discounts on other school activities such as educational trips and visits.
- We understand that parents may wish to keep information about free school meals status confidential.