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Leighton Primary School

Free School Meal Applications

Could your child be eligible for free school meals?

A lot of people don’t claim free school meals even though they’re entitled.

You don’t need to worry about other children knowing your child gets free school meals. Only the school office and child's class teacher will know.

You could save £400 a year for each child and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. The school will benefit too − they’ll get the pupil premium of £1200 a year from the Government for each child on free school meals.

The Government will now fund free school meals for all children from Reception to Year 2 (from September 2014). The school will only continue to receive additional funding if a free school meal application is put through by a parent. It does not register automatically with the school.

If you get any of these benefits, you could be eligible:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or an income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit (with an annual income of less that £16,190).

You will not be eligible if you are claiming Working Tax Credit.


To apply, please take your national insurance number and proof of receipt of benefit to the school office. This will be completed in complete confidence.