Free School Meals

The UK government has launched a new voucher scheme for children eligible for free school meals. We can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at participating supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

It’s easy to sign up – check if your eligible by looking at the information below and sign up by clicking here or calling 0300 500 8080. 

Parents and carers of pupils already with free school meal funding are receiving their vouchers now!

A Parents & Carers FAQ is available at the bottom of this page which will answer most general queries. If you have any further problems or queries, please get in touch. 

Please note, this is not the same as ‘universal’ free school meals which all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive.


Free School Meals

You may qualify for free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits.

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-based and Contributions-based JSA and ESA on an equal basis
  • 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 the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – during the initial roll-out of the benefit.

Universal infant free school meals

All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools are now entitled to free school meals.

It is important that all parents who receive one of the benefits listed above register for free school meals as this will enable your child's school to claim "pupil premium allocation". You will also receive a free £5 voucher towards school uniform if you register.

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment. This additional funding for schools can help to buy new equipment and resources. Please see more information on how Arnbrook uses it's pupil premium funding here or ask to speak to Mrs Stringfellow in school.

To register please use the citizen portal here

Free milk is available for:

  • Children under the age of five in school or daycare.

Milk is subsidised for all other pupils in primary education and in special schools. To register for free school milk if your child is under five or to pay for school milk please follow the links here

Applying for free school meals

The information needed to register includes:

  • Personal details (including national insurance number and date of birth) for you and your partner
  • Child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend
  • If eligible for free school meals, the start date will normally be within two days of parents contacting us and entitlement being verified. We will also write to confirm the date the child’s free school meals and milk will start.
FSM Supermarket Voucher UserGuide
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