Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in reception class, year 1 and year 2 have been entitled to a free school meal – regardless of their parents’ income. However, you may still need to apply.

Why are school meals good?

Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment.

New to school meals?

If you’re new to school meals and would like to find out about the food on offer here at Highweek, view the main School Meals page where you can download our current menu choices.

My child has an allergy

Don’t worry if your child has an allergy or intolerance to some goods, just let us know and we can give you some forms for yourself and a medical practitioner to complete, and a recent photograph will also be required.  We then send them off to our catering suppliers who will create a tailored menu to suit your needs.

What about free school meals for older children?

Children in Year 3 and above may also be entitled to free school meals if your family is in receipt of certain benefits. If you would like more details, please contact the school office or see below.

Do I need to apply for Free School Meals?

Families should apply if they get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of 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

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)


My children are going to get a Free School Meal anyway – why do I still need to apply?

If you are on any of the benefits listed above it’s important to still apply as any child registered for Free School Meals may get other help too if they qualify for Pupil Premium.  The Pupil Premium grant gives schools  additional funding to raise attainment and children that attract pupil premium may also qualify for other benefits:

  • Free school jumper/cardigan for each eligible child (one item per academic year)

  • Hot meals provided daily free of charge

  • Packed lunch provided for when your child when attending off-site visits all day.


How do I register?

To register your child/children for free school meals, please contact the school office or take a look on your council website. 

Phone – Parents/Carers can ring Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

What if my circumstances change?

If there is a change in your circumstances you should contact the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019 as soon as possible as this may affect your entitlement.


For more information on the government’s vision for school meals, visit the School Food Plan website.