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Student Support

Free School Meals 

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Free school meals are available for children whose parents receive: 

  • Income Support 

  • Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based) 

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based) 

  • Child Tax Credit based on income below £16,190

  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit 

  • Asylum Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

  • Working   Tax   Credit   'run-on'   (this   is  the   payment   someone   may   receive   for   a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Children who receive Income Support or income-based Job Seeker's Allowance in their own right qualify as well.

Who does not qualify?

Families who receive any level of Working Tax Credit are not entitled to free school meals.

All pupils who do not qualify for free school meals must be charged the same amount for the same quantity of the same item. Neither the local authority nor the school’s governors can provide free meals to any other pupils 

Free school meals are not granted to children who attend independent schools. 

How do you apply?

To apply, please complete the free school meals application form. Application forms can also be obtained from Schools.

We are currently unable to accept this form by email because it must have a signature. Please print the form, sign it and return it to the address below.  Online applications will be available from September 2013.

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Access to Learning Funds

If you wish to undertake a non-advanced or further education course at a College of Further Education you should contact your college for information about Access to Learning Funds.

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16 to 19 Bursary Fund

If you are struggling with the costs of learning speak to student services at your school, college or training provider about financial support you may be able to get, including the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

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