New application for free school meals

Please only complete this application if your child was not in receipt of free school meals on 1 April 2018.

Following the roll out of Universal Credit any child eligible for free school meals on 1 April 2018 will remain eligible until 31 March 2022 without further application regardless of any change in parental circumstances. 

Free school meals are available to pupils in full time education whose parent/carer receives a qualifying benefit.

Children attending part time nursery provision or independent schools are NOT entitled to free school meals.

For pupils attending Coopers Technology College, Harris Academy Beckenham or Harris Academy Bromley applications for free school meals should be made directly to the relevant school.

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.

Applications received prior to the start of the academic year will be processed as soon as possible so that the free school meals will be in place at the start of the school year.  Applications received after the start of the academic year will, where possible, be processed within 5 working days and will date from the date your claim is processed.

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