Free school meals

Every child in reception, year one and year two will be given a free nutritious meal at lunch time.

This includes:

  • infant pupils in maintained infant and primary schools
  • free schools
  • academies
  • schools for pupils with special educational needs
  • and pupil referral units

Your children are entitled to free school meals if you receive one of the below benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit and have an annual income of no more than £7,400
  • Child Tax Credit, but not entitled to a Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) of no more than £16,190
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • or are being supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)

If your child is attending any of the following schools, you must enquire and apply directly to the school.

  • Springwest Academy
  • Rivers Academy
  • Reach Academy
  • Free schools and independent schools
  • Outer borough Academies

Applications for free school meals cannot be backdated.

Apply for free school meals

Please note:

  • the form needs to be completed fully in a single visit, there is no means to save progress and revisit at a later date
  • you will need your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service Number; and
  • basic name and date of birth details for the children you are applying for and the schools they attend.

Children in other school years

  • If you are on certain benefits and have children in schools maintained by us, you may be able to claim for free school meals.
  • If you have children in a school which is not maintained by us, you should ask the school about how to apply for free school meals.

Contact us

Email the schools meal team

Telephone: 020 3949 7743

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