Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may 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.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
All children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals (UFSM), regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell school – even if they take a packed lunch or receive UFSM– as this enables us to claim pupil premium and provide more learning opportunities for your child.
CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
You can check your eligibility using the following link https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/watergrove
or you can complete the attached form and return to the school office and we will check for you. Click here to download the free school meals form or you request one from the school office.
In addition, those children who would prefer a packed lunch from home may continue to do so – school still receives the funding and likewise if your child receives a UFSM you can still claim. Furthermore, funding is now based on children who have ever been eligible, even if this was for a short time.