Did you know that by registering for Free School Meals your child not only has the opportunity to enjoy a free school meal but they are also entitled to help with the cost of school uniform, trips, enrichment activities and even school discos? This funding is given to schools to raise the attainment of children and enables us to provide many additional support mechanisms such as a learning mentor, intervention and booster classes along with financial support for educational visits and activities.

Am I Eligible for Free School Meals?

If as parents/guardians/carers you receive one of the following, you may be able to claim for Free School Meals:
  • 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

What if my child already receives a Universal Infant Free School Meal?

Even if your child already receives a free school meal because they are in Reception, Year One or Year Two, if you are eligible we would ask you to contact the Confidential Free School Meals Helpline below as your child can also access the additional financial support outlined above.

Our school is signed up to Stockton Borough Council’s Confidential Free School Meals Helpline. If you think you may qualify for free school meals please contact the team on the telephone number or email address above. Regardless of which local authority you live in, they can assess your claim immediately using an eligibility checker to confirm entitlement; if successful your claim will begin the same day.

Find out more

Confidential Free School Meals Helpline – 01642 526605 Email: freeschoolmeals@stockton.gov.uk

Please help us to provide the best support for your child by registering for free school meals if you are eligible. Registering for free school meals is confidential and taking up the free school meal is recommended but is not compulsory.