Free School Meals

Students in receipt of Free School Meals can spend their allowance which is currently £2.20, at both morning break and lunchtime. Please note they can also bring extra money in to purchase breakfast, if they wish to do so.

Free Meal Entitlement Criteria

Free School Meals is a benefit awarded in respect of children under the age of 19 where the parent or guardian is in receipt of one of the benefits shown below:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit
  • Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit – during the initial roll-out of the benefit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit ‘Run On’ – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Children in receipt of Income Support and Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to free school meals.

You will not be entitled to Free School Meals if you or your partner are entitled to Working Tax Credit on a regular basis

Money received each week through Working Tax Credit benefit includes an amount for Free School Meals. This means that you do not qualify for a free meal if you receive it.

How to Claim

Parents/carers should obtain a Free School Meals application form from the Academy administration office or print and complete the downloadable version below:

Free School Meals Application Form

Change of Circumstance Form

Completed application forms can either be returned to the Academy or send to – Financial Services Section, Educational Benefits, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, Yorkshire, TS10 1YA.

Alternatively you can contact the Educational Benefits Section and an application form can be completed over the telephone on 01642 774774.

When completed, the form should be returned to the Academy. Parents / carers can ensure free meals are provided promptly by supplying evidence of entitlement to the Academy, for example Benefits Agency letter or income support payment book.

Parents/carers who are asylum seekers must provide a letter, for the National Asylum Support Service (Home Office) NASS, stating that they are receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, in order to receive free school meals. Schools should keep photocopies of such letters.

For those in receipt of the ‘Guaranteed’ element of Pension Credit it is suggested that parents produce their ‘Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice’ as proof of entitlement. The ‘How Pension Credit has been worked out for …’ section of this form clearly shows details of any Guaranteed Pension Credit in payment.

All claim forms and copies of proofs supporting a claim for Free School Meals are to be retained by the school.

Please note that students outside our catchment area will have their applications for free school meals dealt with by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Educational Benefits department.

Further information can be obtained from: Eileen Chapman, Office Manager on 01287 676305