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Free School Meals


There are two ways in which your child could be entitled to free school meals. 


  1.  Every child in Foundation, Years 1 and 2 in state-funded school is entitled to a free school meal. These are called   Universal  Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). 

It is recognised that children and young people who eat well, are healthier, able to concentrate better and achieve more so the aim of UIFSM is to improve academic achievement and save families money. 


    2. Additionally, you may be entitled to free school meals if you are in receipt of the following support payments:

  • Universal Credit – from 1 April 2018 provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)


You can apply for free school meals by completing an online application form via Plymouth City Council's Free School Meal web page below (current pupils only) or you can download and print a paper version of the form (see below). 

You may also collect a paper copy of the application form from the school office.