Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:
- Reception class
- Year 1
- Year 2
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 -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 attends Bluecoat Academy, The Nottingham Emmanual C of E School, Portland Spencer Academy, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, St Patricks Vol Academy or Djanogly City Academy, please apply directly to the relevant Academy. This list is not exhaustive and may change in the future. For other academies, contact Pupil Benefits.
Completing this service should take around 10 minutes.Download an application form here
Changes to your circumstances
Changes to your circumstances may mean that you are no longer entitled to claim a free school meal for your child(ren) and you could be charged for them. So, please let us know about any changes as soon as possible.
The quickest way you can let us know is to email Pupil.benefits