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How do I apply for Free School Meals?

If you receive benefits it really helps our school budget if you claim free school meals even if your child already receives them. Our office staff are very knowledgeable in this area and can help you fill out the relevant forms so please just ask if you require help.  Here is the link to the website and the revised application form:

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/learning/schools_ages_4-16/free_school_meals.aspx

Free school meals are available from all maintained schools and academies in West Sussex if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment And Support Allowance
  • Support from National Asylum Support Service (NASS) 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 £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit.

If you are eligible for benefits-related free school meals in accordance with the above criteria and your child is also receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals, please continue to register. This will enable us to claim valuable 'pupil premium' funding.

If you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals, you can get an application form from the school office.  Parents eligible to claim include those in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support allowance or Child Tax credit with an assessed income below £16,190. Please speak to a member of the Office Team for help and assistance.

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