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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.

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of 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 HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for 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.