Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. They are also available to some older children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium), which we can use to help your child.
Your child will qualify for free school meals if they’re in full-time education and you receive one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- guarantee element of state pension credit
- child tax credit with no working tax credit and have an income as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190 (subject to change annually)
- support under Part 1V of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you receive)
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
Your child won’t qualify for free school meals if you’re receiving working tax credits and disabled working tax credits, except for the four-week run-on paid after you’ve stopped qualifying for working tax credits.
To apply for Free School Meals please log on to www.barnsley.gov.uk
Free School Meals, and then click on Apply for Free school meals if you live in Barnsley.