Free School Meals
Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and you can save yourself time and money.
Even if you don’t want your children to have the meals, claiming them helps their school. The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives.
Free School Meals for reception, year 1 and 2 children
From September 2014, if you have an infant age child (those in Reception, year 1 or year 2) they can receive free school meals even if you don’t meet the entitlement criteria and without completing an application for them – for more information contact your school.
However, for every pupil registered with the council as eligible under the entitlement criteria, the school will receive additional funding called Pupil Premium which is used to help raise achievement levels. Each school will decide how to spend the funding and are required to publish details of what they have spent it on and the impact it has had. So that schools (and pupils) can continue to benefit from this extra funding it is important that parents who do meet the entitlement criteria continue to register their claim with the council.
Please note: You can only apply online if you meet the low income criteria.
You can still apply for free meals for reception, year 1 and 2 children if you do not meet the low income criteria, but you need to contact your child’s school directly to apply.
After completing an application you can print a copy of the confirmation page to give to the school for meals to start immediately. If you are unable to print you can still make your application online, but will need to wait for us to advise the school before you can start to receive the free school meals.