FREE SCHOOL MEAL eligibility for all children F1-Y6.
You can make a claim if you fall into any of the following criteria from nursery age onwards (even if your child will receive ‘universal’ infant free school meals Reception(UIFSM) (F2 -Y2):
This doesn’t mean your child ‘has’ to have a school meal, they can still bring sandwiches although we will actively encourage the take up of a ‘hot’ meal.
It does mean that your child can receive free milk from Coolmilk up until they are 7 years old, receive a school packed lunch on trips out, receive reduced rate residential trips and can have a ‘hot’ school meal if they wish.
School receives £1320 per child (Pupil Premium funding) if they are on our data as ‘eligible’ for free school meals so it is really important if you fit any of the criteria below then please apply. This funding allows us to provide many benefits to your child during their education at our school (see website section ‘Key Information’ for the Pupil Premium report or ask at the office.
Free school meals & milk entitlement
Children may qualify for free school meals if they attend a Nottinghamshire County Council School and the parent/carer receives one of the following benefits:
Children who receive income support or income related employment support allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals (this situation often applies to post-16 pupils in special schools).
Changes to free school meal entitlement - universal credit rollout
From April 2018 the criteria used to determine which pupils are eligible for free school meals was updated to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits.
To ensure families are not disadvantaged during this rollout, protection arrangements have been put in place.
This means that:
A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf and Nottinghamshire County Council has verified their eligibility. NCC will continue to use the DfE Eligibility Checking System (ECS) to determine eligibility for free school meals.
Transitional protection is on an individual child basis and not on a family basis. This means that other children in the family will not automatically be entitled to free school meals. Children must meet the eligibility criteria at the time the application for free school meals is made in order to be entitled.
To apply, please click the link below which will take you to the citizen portal where you complete your details and will get an instant reply whether you are eligible.
Any further queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to the school office. Thanks