In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • 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 they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.1

The Government recognises the benefits of healthy school meals and is committed to continuing to provide free school meals to families who need them. Healthy school meals can help to improve children’s readiness to learn and their behaviour at school, and can also help to establish healthy eating habits for life.


If your child has any dietary requirements please click here to submit the necessary forms to the Catering Team.