Free School Meals
Free School Meals (FSM) are currently funded for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, FSM does more than just pay for lunch. This is because anyone who is eligible for FSM also generates a grant (called pupil premium funding) that is paid to the school to help with their education through added support both academically and socially. Parents benefit as well as there is funding available to help with school trips, residential trips and school uniform. Therefore, if you are eligible, it is really important that you apply as your child benefits, parents benefit and the school benefits.
Further information can be found by following this link - https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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 guaranteed element of 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
- Universal Credit
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If you are in receipt of any of these benefits it would help the school greatly if you were to fill in an online application form http://www.southglos.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits/free-school-meals/
All you need is your national insurance number!