Free School Meals



Free School Meals

Your child is entitled to a free school meal if:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit



For more information please visit:
West Sussex Free School Meals

Or contact  Heidi Clements on 01293 526255 or email admin@thomasbennett-tkat.org
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Notes on completing the attached Application Form

From September 2014 all children who are in reception, year 1 or year 2 in a state funded school will be offered a free healthy school lunch. Children in other school years will also be offered a free school lunch if their parent is receiving any of the welfare benefits listed on the form.

Registering could raise money for your child’s school

Registering for free school meals could raise an extra £1,300 per year, per child, for your child’s primary school, or £935 per child for secondary schools, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

This additional money is available from Central Government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed in the form. It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.

How the information in this form will be used

The information you provide in this form will be used by the Council to confirm receipt of one of the listed welfare benefits. Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money your child’s school will receive each year.

The information will also be used in relation to children in year 3 or above to decide whether they are eligible for free school meals.

You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.

Thank you for completing this form and helping make sure your child’s school is as well funded as possible

We are committed to ensuring that the personal and sensitive information that we hold about you is protected and kept safe and secure and we have measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

We will use the information you provide to assess entitlement to free school meals. The information may also be shared with other Council departments to offer benefits and services.

Downloads Date  
Free School Meals Application Form.pdf 27th May 2016 Download