Free School Meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) - Reception, year 1 and year 2

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for UIFSM.

If your child would normally have received FSM due to certain benefits you claim, your child may be entitled to additional funding to support them in school. Please see below for the eligibility criteria and how to claim.

Free School Meals (FSM) - Eligibility based on Parents claiming benefits

Did you know that if you register for free school meals you are also entitled to extra benefits?

Registering for free school meals doesn’t mean your child will have to eat the school lunch - there are other benefits. Some schools and local authorities offer extra support to children who are registered - for instance, help with the cost of school trips or music lessons.

Schools also receive a payment, "Pupil Premium", for each child who is registered for free school meals.This money helps us to provide extra support like 1 to 1 tuition, learning assistants or extra-curricular activities.

How to apply

If you want to register for free school meals for your child, we can help you to apply in complete confidence – just ask at the school office.

Alternatively, you can apply online

In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Asylum Seekers
  • An Income-related Employment and Support Allowance