Free School Meals
Universal Free School Meals
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 now qualify automatically for free school meals. However, it is important that low income parents (see criteria below) still complete the application for Early Years Pupil Premium. Pupil Premium is used to fund educational interventions for the students of low income families. Please send completed forms (click here for form) to the school office. Please see our policies page to view our Pupil Premium and Free School Meals policy.
Free School Meals (Criteria taken from www.gov.uk website)
If your child is in year 3 and above and you fulfil any of the categories below, your child will qualify for free school meals. Please complete the Free School Meal Application form. Completed forms should be sent to the school office. It is generally sufficient just to complete the first page of the form.
To qualify, your child must be in school and you must be receiving one of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- NASS support
- Guarantee element of State Pension
- 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 Creditfor the four weeks after employment ends
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
Download the form and apply for Free School Meals on Wokingham Borough Council’s website.
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Infant free school meals in England
Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in a government-funded school and in:
- reception class
- year 1
- year 2
Tell your local authority if you also get any of the qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.