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Apply for free school meals

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Apply for free school meals


Why should I apply?


For every child that is entitled to free school meals the school receives extra funding to enhance provision and improve progress and outcomes for children. So please apply even if you do not wish to take up your free school meal.


How long will it take to get a response?


You will receive an instant response as to whether you are entitled to free school meals once you have submitted your claim. All you need is your National Insurance Number and a current email address.


If you have applied online for a school admission place for September 2017 or 2 year old funding, please use the same login details.


When your application is received, your eligibility will be checked with the Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs. If unsuccessful, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will still receive universal infant free school meals.


Transferring to secondary school


If your child is currently receiving free school meals at their primary school and transferring to secondary school in September, you do not need to reapply. Entitlement will transfer automatically to their new school unless your financial circumstances change; if so you will be notified if they are no longer entitled.


Free school meals for over 16s


All 16-18 year-old learners who are, or whose parents are, in receipt of eligible benefits and enrolled in further education provision funded via the Education Funding Agency can apply for free school meals.


Learners who are aged 19-25 years old who have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are also entitled to free meals under this scheme.


All eligible 16-18 year-old learners who attend a sixth form at a school/academy can apply using the free school meals on the above link. For all 16-18 learners who attend other colleges/institutions please contact them for more information on how to apply.


For more information, including the eligibility criteria,please see our



If you need to contact us please email edsupport@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Free School Meals Universal Credit Consultation

The government has launched a consultation about how eligibility for free school meals will work under universal credit in England.

This consultation is open to everyone.

Please have your say via the following link-



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