Apply for free school meals

During the Covid-19 lockdown measures, schools will only provide meals, vouchers or hampers. These are only for children eligible for means-tested free school meals.  

Schools will not provide universal infant free school meals at present.

Apply for free school meals

Get extra funding for your school

If you receive any benefits, you should tell your school as they can get extra funding called the Pupil Premium grant. This includes:

  • Universal Credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • 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 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 £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 can also get free school meals.

Universal infant free school meals

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they are in government-funded school and are in:

  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2