Free School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals. Once they enter Year 3, school meals must be paid for in advance through Parentpay.
However, you may be entitled to free School Meals, which saves you money and Woodingdean Primary School will receive extra funding for every child registered.
You can apply even when your child is in Key Stage 1, which means the school gets extra money even before you need to start paying for school dinners! As soon as we are told that you qualify we will give you vouchers for free school uniform from the school. All registered junior children will also get a free fruit snack every morning break from pupil services.
How Does it work?
- First, check if you qualify – please go online to the Brighton & Hove Council website by clicking here - free school meals.
- Complete the simple online form - you just need your name, date of birth and National Insurance number.
- Your child(ren) will be eligible for a free, healthy meal at lunchtime (saving you more than £400.00 a year per child) and the school gets extra funding.
- If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and you are registered, the school will receive the extra funding whether they have a packed lunch or school dinner.
No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you receive any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from National Asylum Support Service (NASS) under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guaranteed element of state Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit(provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit.
School meals are healthy- Our onsite catering team at school freshly prepare a range of tasty and healthy meals every day. Research suggests that a healthy lunch can increase children’s concentration.
It will save you money – If you have 2 children and spend £2 a day on lunchbox ingredients for each of them that adds up to about £750 per year.
It will save you time - If you spend 15 minutes a day preparing a packed lunch for your child you will have spent nearly two whole days making packed lunches by the end of the school year!
You will be helping your child’s school – For every child who receives free school meals the government gives extra money to the school to help raise achievement for children from lower income families. This funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. With this money we can support your children with extra resources.