The government's school food plan provides funding for government-funded primary schools in England to offer a free lunch to every child in their reception classes, year 1 and year 2.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:
We use the Department for Education's free school meals eligibility checking system, meaning you will receive an instant result notification and the school will be informed.
To apply, you will be required to register and provide:
Pupil premium funding is additional funding for schools to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in England.
Pupil premium is not a personal budget allocated to individual eligible pupils. It's funding awarded to schools based on the number of eligible pupils on roll. It is at the discretion of the school leaders to determine how best to spend the pupil premium within the requirements of the conditions set by the government.
All infant pupils are entitled to free school meals. However, it's still important that schools know which infant pupils meet the benefit criteria for free school meals. This is because the school receives pupil premium and formula funding based on the number of pupils that are eligible for free school meals.