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Free School Meals

Who is entitled to free school meals?

Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit* and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit


*unless in the Working Tax Credit 'run on' - the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.

What if my circumstances change?

You should notify the school of any changes:

  • if you start work and come off benefit
  • if you change address
  • if your child changes school

The school uses a cashless catering system in the dining room. This allows your son to purchase their free school meal in exactly the same way as any other pupil.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The school receives a Pupil Premium payment for students eligible for free school meals. The amount for this year it is £935 for secondary pupils. This additional funding will be invested in your child to help them achieve more at school. Some schools offer free uniform, trips, one to one tuition and additional teaching support, help towards music lessons and after school activities. If eligible for free school meals, you may also be entitled to claim other forms of assistance.

More information and how to apply online for Free School Meals is available on the Lincolnshire County Council website. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions you have.


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