Free school meals

Free school meals/Pupil Premium Payments are available to all eligible pupils attending Bromley maintained schools. Since September 2014 primary pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have received free school meals automatically but it is still necessary for parents of these pupils, who receive one or more of the qualifying benefits listed below, to complete a Free School Meal/Pupil Payment Premium application in order for the child's school to benefit from the additional Pupil Premium funding.

For pupils in all other year groups an application must be submitted to secure both Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium Payment. Pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals since April 2018 do not need to renew applications until April 2022. 

For pupils attending Coopers School, Harris Academy Beckenham or Harris Academy Bromley applications must be made direct to the relevant school. Applications for out of  borough schools should be made to the Local Authority in whose area the school is situated.

Who should apply?

Parents of children aged four or over attending a maintained school in Bromley who receive child benefit for the child/children and one or more of the following:

  • Equal Based JSA / ESA
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (IRESA)
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7400 as assessed by earnings.

How to apply

Application forms are available from Bromley schools, or you can apply online.

What next

Once we have received your application your details will be checked via the Eligibility Checking Service and you will be advised by letter whether or not your claim is successful.  Confirmation of eligibility will also be sent to your child(ren)'s school.

From April 2018 the criteria used to determine eligibility has been updated to reflect the roll out of Universal Credit payments. To ensure families are not disadvantaged during the roll out period the following arrangements have been put in place.

Any child eligible for free school meals on 1 April 2018 will retain their eligibility until the end of the roll out in March 2022 regardless of family circumstance change. Once the roll out of Universal Credit is complete no child will lose their entitlement and it will continue until the end of their current phase of education. 

Further information 

Schools must provide a lunchtime meal that meets the School Food Standards.

Contact the Pupil Benefits team

Email:

Tel: 0300 303 8664

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH