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Free School Meals

 

Please use the link below to apply for Free School Meals for your child

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/forms/Application-for-free-school-meals-and-or-Early-Years-Pupil-Premium

 

Eligibility

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you 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)

 

If your child is eligible, they will remain so until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022. This may change if you stop receiving asylum support or Pension Credit.

You can apply if your child attends school within Walsall borough, whether you live inside or outside the borough.

 

Free school meals for infants

All infant age pupils (reception, year 1 and year 2) will automatically receive a school meal free of charge if they're in a government-funded school.

 

If you are entitled to benefits-related free school meals, we still need you to complete the online application so that the school receives extra funding.

 

Extra funding for your school

Even if you don’t want your child to have the free school meal, you should still apply. The extra funding the school receives for each eligible child will be used to help your child. This works out at £1,345 for reception up to year 6, and £955 for year 7 to year 11.

 

Early years pupil premium (nursery children age three and four)

Early years pupil premium is additional funding of up to £302 available for early years providers to help your child.

 

Your child may be able to get this funding if you get any of the following:

  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you 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)

 

Please apply using the free school meal online form.

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