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Free School Meals


Free school meals

Children may qualify for free school meals if they attend a Nottinghamshire County Council School and the parent/carer receives one of the following benefits:

 Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400

 Income Support

 Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

 Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

 Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

 Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Children who receive income support or income related employment support allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals (this situation often applies to post-16 pupils in special schools).


Free school milk

The eligibility criteria for free milk entitlement is exactly the same as for FSM. Where LAs or schools provide milk, it must be free to children whose parents are in receipt of the same support payments as for FSM. Universal infant free meals - all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools are now entitled to free school meals.


Register for additional funding for your child’s school

It is important that all parents who receive one of the benefits listed above register for free school meals as this will enable your child’s school to claim pupil premium allocation. The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment.

In the 2016-2017 financial year schools received:

 £1,320 for each eligible primary-aged pupil

 £935 for each eligible secondary-aged pupil