Free school meals

Free school meals

Check if your child can get free school meals and apply to us.


A lot of people don't apply for free school meals. That's why we are continuing with our campaign to encourage all families to register regardless of if they believe they may be eligible.

You don't need to worry about other children knowing your child gets free school meals. Only the school, and in secondary schools the catering staff, will know.

You could save £400 a year for each child and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. The school will benefit too as they'll get the pupil premium of £1,000 a year from the government for each child eligible for free school meals.

Free school meal entitlement

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you (or the young person themselves, where appropriate) get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit* (WTC) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • *You can get this help if you get Working Tax Credit and you are in the four week 'run-on' period where your WTC is due to stop because you have stopped work or reduced your hours
  • Universal Credit − see our Universal Credit information

NB - young people age 16-18 who receive the above benefits or Tax Credits in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

Even if you meet any or all of the above criteria families will not be eligible if they are claiming Working Tax Credit*.

To apply, fill in the form on this page and we'll email you to let you know if your application has been processed and the outcome of the eligibility check.

Application form for Free School Meals

Note: Asterisks (*) indicate required information.

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Details of Parent/ Guardian/ Carer claiming benefit

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Your date of birth




First Child

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Date of birth




Second child

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Third child

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Fourth child

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Fifth child

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Sixth child

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Terms and conditions

You will no longer be required to provide documentary verification of benefits received, unless requested to do so. The Council will undertake routine eligibility checks on all current claims throughout the year. Please contact us immediately if your benefit changes or ends, as it may mean that you no longer qualify for free school meals.

Telecommunications Regulation
Please note, communications may be subject to monitoring and recording only for purposes permitted by the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000 in order to prevent or detect a crime, or investigate or detect the unauthorised use of the service.

Data Protection Act
Personal information that you have provided will be used carefully and may be held on computer systems at the academy/school/college and in the Children's Services Department. The use of this personal information is covered by registration under data protection legislation. Under the legislation you have the right to obtain a copy of the information that we hold about you.

By submitting this application form I certify that the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and that I am legally responsible for the children for whom I have claimed. I understand that Derbyshire County Council may verify the information given with Government Departments. I understand that if I fail to inform you of any change in circumstances, and my children continue to receive free meals, I may be required to repay the cost of any meals consumed.

A deliberate false statement may lead to prosecution.



Confirmation

Would you prefer to receive notification by email confirming whether you are eligible for Free School Meals?
Please note, emails will be sent to the address provided by you to confirm whether your child or children are eligible for free school meals, the email will not contain any personal data and that it is your responsibility to take appropriate measures if security, where you pick up your emails, may be a problem. We recommend that you do not share your email account.





If you experience any problems with this form please contact contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk and quote form ID: ILF/233/09