Is my child eligible?
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically get free school meals if they go to school. It’s called universal infant free school meals. You do not have to apply to get these meals, but if you do receive one of the benefits listed below, you should still apply. This is because it can help raise extra funds for your child’s school (called Pupil Premium). This Government funding can help with extra tuition, teaching and after school activities.
If your child is in Year 3 or above, you must receive one of the following benefits to get free school meals:
- Universal Credit – with an annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax
- 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
You must apply for these free school meals.
In addition the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out:
- From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meal pupils will continue to receive free school meals
- Any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected
In April 2018, the Department for Education put in place protections around free school meal eligibility during the period of the Universal Credit roll out to ensure that no child would lose their eligibility to free school meals. These protections were to end date of March 2022 but were subsequently extended to the end of March 2023. This is to inform you that the end date has now been extended to March 2025.
Any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 is now protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period until March 2025. After this date any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
Apply for free school meals
You can apply online for free school meals using your Norfolk Education Online (NEO) account. You can use the same account for 2-year-old childcare funding and school admissions. https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/school-meals-and-milk
You can also download and send us an application form. Or collect it from the school office.
Children of foreign nationals
Families with British National (Overseas) status and families with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) are entitled to apply for free school meals by completing the NRPF free school meals application.
Apply for NRPF free school meals.
If at any time your family meets these criteria, please see Mrs. Marshall and she will give advice on paperwork needed.