Free School Meals (FSM)
Apply for Free School Meals (even if you are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2),
it’s quick and easy using the online form at:
From September 2014 primary schools have a legal duty to offer all pupils in reception, year 1 & year 2 a free school meal called a Universal Infant free school meal (UIFSM). This follows a recommendation in the School Food Plan to increase the number of children eating good food in schools.
UIFSM should not be confused with registering pupils for Free School Meals (FSM) if you are from a lower income family and receive benefits. The principle of registering these pupils remains the same and attracts additional school funding called Pupil Premium of £1,385 per registered pupil. As this funding is specifically targeted at the registered pupils to raise their attainment, it is essential you register your child.
In order to find out if your child qualifies please see the section below.
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- 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 than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
How does it work?
1. Checking whether you qualify and registering is really quick and easy – do it online at: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/rbwm/
2. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £400 a year) and the school gets extra money to help your child
3. If you don’t want your child to have a free school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify, and are registered, the school still receives the £1,385 extra.
No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.