Apply for free school meals

Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 (not nursery) are automatically entitled to free school meals. 

Eligibility

Free school meals are available to pupils receiving, or whose parents are receiving, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • 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 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

Children who get any of these benefits directly (instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be eligible for free meals.

Coronavirus temporary extension

The government have temporarily extended free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). These groups are:

  • Children of Zambrano carers
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

These groups are subject to a maximum household income threshold of £31,500 per year for families living in London.

Read more about this extension

How to apply

Every Community, V.A Foundations, Academy and Free School in Wandsworth is responsible for authorising free school meals for their pupils.

For queries and to apply for free school meals, contact your child's school directly.

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