In September 2014, the Government introduced ‘Universal Free School Meals’ for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This means that all children in Yr R to Yr 2 are entitled to a school meal free of charge (you still need to book your meal choices through ParentPay).
Is your household earned income/take home pay below £616.67 per month? For families in receipt of benefits, it is important that parents/carers of children apply for benefits-related free school meals. If your child is in Reception, Year 1, or Year two and receives Universal Infant Free School Meals, you should still apply for the Benefit Related Free School Meals.
For every child who receives benefit-related free school meals, the school receive additional funding to support their education. This is called pupil premium funding.
If you think your family might be eligible for pupil premium funding, just have a chat (in confidence) with our office staff, take a look at the BANES Pupil Premium eligibility page or read the information below. It costs nothing and could benefit your family.
If your household earned income/take home pay is below £616.67 per month, (which is equivalent to £7,400 per year) then you could be entitled to Benefit Related Free School Meals. Your household income is the figure that Universal Credit use to work out how much Universal Credit to pay you, not your actual Universal Credit payment.