Free School Meals
Infant Free school meals
Currently all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England
automatically receive free school meals under the Universal Free School meal
However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals
when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract
additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.
Free School Meals from Year 3 onwards
From Year 3 onwards, children whose parents are in receipt of the following are
entitled to free school meals:
- 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)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers 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 only, if your annual household income (assessed by HM
Revenue & Customs) isn’t over £16,190.[Anyone getting Working Tax Credit won’t get free meals regardless of income]
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Children will get free school meals if they meet the criteria and are in school both
before and after lunchtime.
To apply online for free school meals please use this link.
This link will take you to the East Sussex County free school meals website page.