Hello Everyone

We are aware that currently many families’ financial circumstances have changed. You may now qualify for your child(ren) to receive Free School Meals.

How will we receive a FSM if my child(re) is currently not attending school?

Currently, unless the child is a Key Worker or Vulnerable child, this is being sent to parents electronically as a voucher that can be spent in a supermarket. We need you to supply us with an email address please.


Does my child(ren) qualify?

Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

·         Income Support
·         Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
·         Income-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 they 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
·         Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


Pupils can qualify for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.


How does it work?

  1. Checking whether you qualify and registering is really quick and easy – do it online at:




  1. 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 £350 a year) and the school gets extra money to help your child and others in their class.


  1. If you don’t want your child to have a free school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify, and are registered, the school still gets the extra money.


Best wishes from Everyone at St Mary’s.