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Free School Meals

As you are aware, primary pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 currently automatically receive free school meals. 

Once in the Junior School, free school meals entitlement is based on the family receiving one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less that £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

When you apply for free school meals, you will also allow your school to receive Pupil Premium, which provides extra money to support the children’s learning.

If you feel you may be entitled, please complete the online application form which can be found on the Essex County Council Website under Healthy Living and School Meals.

If you require any further information, please contact the School Office.

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