Free school meals
Extra funding for your child's school
Qualifying for free school meals in secondary schools
- income support
- income-based jobseekers allowance
- income-related employment and support allowance
- support under immigration and asylum law
- the guarantee part of state pension credit
- child tax credit and you have an annual income of £16,190 before tax or less (whatever Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs* works out for you).
But you will need to apply for them.
Children who get any of the benefits in their own right, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
- you (or your partner) receive working tax credit, unless
- you receive working tax credit in the four weeks immediately after your work ends
- you receive working tax
credits in the four weeks after you start work and you work less than 16 hours per week
- you (or your partner) is the child’s foster parent as arranged by a local authority
- your child is over 16 years of age and goes to a college of further education.
Make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand before you fill in the form.
We use your National Insurance number to find out from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) whether or not you qualify for free school meals.
Note, the DWP will only tell us if you qualify. They will not give us any information about the benefits you receive.