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Arkenstall

Primary School

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Love Learning

Free School Meals Eligibility

We are extremely fortunate to have excellent kitchen facilities and currently, well over half of all pupils eat a school meal at lunchtime.  We operate a cafeteria system, offering a choice of dishes every day. The kitchen staff, led by Val, our cook, are extremely friendly and get to know the children well. They are invaluable part of making shared meals a special time in the day.

Who is Eligible for Free School Meals?

Children from households with lower incomes may be entitled to free school meals.  Our Office staff are very happy to advise you to help you complete an application. Please ask for the 'Count me in' leaflet, if you think you may be eligible to claim.

Click here to apply online

To fill in an application online, please click on the 'Count me in!' logo if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of state pension credit

Please note where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.

 

What will my child/ren get if I claim?

 A school dinner is a two course healthy meal and claiming your free meals means you could save £400 per child. Your child doesn't have to eat school dinners every day, some choose a regular pattern but you can decide on a daily basis.  Our online Register systems mean that no other children can tell who is receiving free schools.

Are there any other benefits to my child if I claim?

Free school meals are now available for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

However, every family who applies for free school meals for their child because they are from a family on a lower income can unlock up to £1,320 extra funding for their school called Pupil Premium, which must be spent on supporting their development. So even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or year 2, and will automatically get a free meal, please do still make an application otherwise the school will not know that your child is eligible for additional funding.

To find out more please visit our Our School / Pupil Premium  page.