Free School Meals and Universal Infant Free School Meals
Free School Meals can only be awarded if you or your partner are claiming either;
Pupil premium is extra money paid direct to schools for each child who is eligible for free school meals. It is used to support your child's education. Please apply for free schools meals if you are eligible so your school gets this money.
From September 2014 the government introduced universal infant free school meals for all pupils in Reception, Years 1 and 2. In order for us to recognise who is eligible for universal meals and who qualifies for free school meals for funding purposes we would encourage all parents to register by completing an application form even if the child does not wish to receive a meal.
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, an application form can be obtained from the school office.
If your child is in Year 3 or above, you can complete an online Free School Meals Application Form - see 'Apply Online' link above.
Your child/ren will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education for example primary or secondary school.
Your claim for free school meals will be reviewed on a regular basis. WCC use an online free school meals eligibility checking system provided by the Department for Education to confirm your entitlement.
Please note the online checking system only confirms or denies your eligibility to claim free school meals: it does not give WCC any other information. If WCC cannot confirm your entitlement through this process they will contact you to ask you to provide up-to-date evidence of the benefit you receive.
Free meal entitlement will automatically follow your child to the next stage of their education (i.e., in September) and the new school will be advised of this.
The free school meals team at WCC will need to be advised if your child transfers to another school at any other time or for any other reason.