Free School Meals
There are two free school meal schemes – Universal Infant Free School Meals and Income Related Free School Meals.
Universal Infant Free School Meals
If your child is in Reception Class, Year 1 or Year 2 they are entitled to a free school meal. This offer does not depend on your household income or whether you receive any benefits, but instead is funded by the Government following evidence that pupils who eat a high quality school lunch achieve better academically than those who did not. They are also more likely to make healthier food choices. Every child in infants is eligible to take up a free school meal.
This could save you almost £400 a year for each child you have in infants and there is no need to apply as this is actioned automatically by school.
Income Related Free School Meals
If you live in Liverpool or Knowsley and receive a qualifying benefit you can claim free school meals and milk for your school-aged child.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for this:
Liverpool residents please click here and on answering some brief questions you will have an instant response to confirm your eligibility. Knowsley residents will need to complete the form below and return to any One Stop Shop.
By applying for this additional benefit you will enable your school to receive additional government funding which is awarded for each eligible pupil to support their learning and education. This is awarded even if you don’t want your child to receive the entitled free school meal. Partly as a result of parents applying for this additional funding, our school received £31,200 last year. This is known as ‘Pupil Premium’.