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Free School Meals and extra funding for your school

Free school meals are available to all pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools

 

Changes to Free School Meals from 1st April 2018

If your child is eligible to receive a free school meal at any time before March 2022, they will retain their eligibility until this date. If your child is still in education in March 2022, they will retain their eligibility until the end of their current phase of education, primary or secondary.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Your child will be eligible if you receive one of the following:

 
  • 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 Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

 

Children, who receive these benefits directly instead of through a parent or guardian can also get a free school meal.

 

Infant School age Children

Children who attend reception to year 2 are entitled to a meal free of charge under a government scheme called Universal Infant Free School Meals, but your school still needs you to register to enable them to receive the extra funding.

 

Pupil Premium - extra funding

Your school will receive extra funding for all children recorded as being eligible for a free school meal. Funding is used to help your child.

Reception to Year 6: £1,320 per year.

 

Year 7 to 11: £935 per year

Your child does not need to take the meal if you would prefer them not to, but by being registered your school will receive the extra funding.

 

Apply

You can apply online quickly and simply by clicking on apply online link below.

Apply for free school meals online here

 

You can also:

Download and print an application form (PDF 76kb)

You can scan and email your completed form back to: 

FreeSchoolMeals@walsall.gov.uk

 

 or send it into us.

 

Or you can get a free school meals application form from:

your child(ren)’s school the Benefits Service at the First Stop Shop, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall,WS1 1XU - by calling in person or telephoning us on 0300 555 2855

 

Cancellation of School Meals

 

If your child is absent from school and you have already booked and paid for their school meal, you must notify the school kitchen before 10.00am that you will not require the meal on that day.

 

Please contact: 01922 710520

 

Unfortunately if you do not cancel the meal before 10.00am , you will not receive a credit for the meal that you wish to cancel.

 

 

Whether squeezing it in between getting a school uniform and making sure their shoes fit in the back-to-school rush, or on busy midweek evenings during term time, preparing your child's lunchbox can seem like just another thing on the list.

School meals are a great choice, but if you do make a packed lunch for your child then we've got you covered with our range of quick, easy, healthier lunchbox ideas.

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