Free school meals online application form

Check your child's eligibility for free school meals and apply online.

We need information about you and your child so that we can check to see if your child is eligible to receive free school meals because you are on low income or in receipt of specified income-related state benefits.

If your child is eligible, their school can receive extra government grant funding known as the 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding can then be used by schools to help provide good quality education and support.

If your child is eligible for benefits related free school meals and is also receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, please continue with the application below as this will enable your child's school to claim valuable 'Pupil Premium' funding

Check your child's eligibility for free school meals

Select 'Yes' if your family income is over £16,190 per year.
Family income over £16,190 per year
Select 'Yes' if you receive Working Tax Credit.
Receive Working Tax Credit

Application form

  • This form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.
  • If your benefits change, or if the child moves school during the school year, you should let us know.
  • We will send you the outcome of your application usually in 2 working days, however during September and October it may take up to 10 working days.
  • If you need help with your application, please contact your child's school.
  • The information you provide in this form will be used by us to confirm receipt of one of the listed welfare benefits. Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money your child’s school will receive each year and if your child is eligible for free school meals.
  • Please note that after submitting this form you will see a 'Thank you' page. You will also receive an automated email to confirm we have received your application. If you see neither we may not have received your application, please check and try again.

Your data privacy

Before completing this form please read our general Privacy Policy (opens in a new window).

This explains why we ask for your data, what we do with it and how long we will keep it. It also explains how you can find out what data we hold about you and how you can ask us to delete it.

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