Free school meals
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.
Your child will be eligible if you receive one of the following:
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.
You can apply online quickly and simply by clicking on apply online link below.
You can also:
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
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.