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Free School Meals


Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that you could get extra benefits?

If you are eligible, register now to make sure we don’t miss out.

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School gets over £1,300.

With this money we could run more clubs, buy in more resources and narrow the gap in pupil achievement.  If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with costs of school trips, some funding for an after-school activity or help with purchasing reading books. 

Please register before the Autumn term commences to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?

First, check if you are eligible – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list over the page. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact the School Office where the staff will help you to register. Alternatively, you may check your eligibility by visiting pps.lgfl.org.uk once your child has started school.

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), extra benefits and the school gets over £1,300 per pupil.

If you want your child to have a home-made packed lunch but the occasional free school dinner, as long as you register, the school still gets over £1,300 per pupil.

Eligible parents of Infant aged children should still register for Free School Meals even though meals will be free to all pupils.  Registering means the school will receive extra funding for other activities, resources etc.  PLEASE REGISTER IF ELIGIBLE.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7400 (£616.67 per month).
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Iincome-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

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