Free School Meals

Universal Free School Meals

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year2 receive a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meals offer. However, the school encourages you to check your eligibility and, if eligible, apply for Free School Meals as this will bring additional income into the school in the form of Pupil Premium funding which is based on how many pupils are eligible for free school meals.

Eligibility for Free School Meals

Your child may qualify for free school meals if you or their other parent are receiving Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance from the Department of Social Security (DSS) or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Under the current criteria, children who receive, or whose parents receive, one or more of the following support payments are eligible to receive free school meals:

  • 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 - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Free School Meal Eligibility Checker

The Free school Meals Eligibility Checker is an online process where parents can check eligibility for free school meals. 

How it works for parents:

After entering a few details into the website, the online application process links to the Department for Education database and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response.

This system is designed to eliminate the need to apply in person for Free School Meals and improve the claims process for schools. It also means that if you are eligible for free meals, the school is able to process your application using the information you submit.

There is no need to re-apply each year, as schools can recheck eligibility as required using the data already provided - although if your child moves to a different school then you will need to update your account.

You can check to see if you are eligible to apply for Free School Meals by clicking here or visiting https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/ To use the site you will need to log on with a USO account or create a USO account. If you have used eAdmissions in the past you will already have a USO account. The school can check your eligibility on your behalf. For us to carry out the check you will need to provide us with your date of birth and your National Insurance number.

 

Appling in person for Free School Meals

Alternatively you can apply for Free School Meals by downloading and completing Westminster’s Free School Meal Application Form which is available by clicking here or visiting https://fisd.westminster.gov.uk/kb5/westminster/fis/service.page?id=Yirk6J503Ss&familychannel=6

If you are making a new application, the school can provide emergency meals for up to 4 weeks from the date you give us a completed application form along with proof that you receive one of the benefits listed above. The school will add a note to the application form to confirm the date the emergency meals started and pass it on to Westminster City Council for processing. The school will not be able to provide emergency meals without seeing proof of eligibility. Your application will take approximately 2 weeks to process.

Please contact the school office on 02077921883 or office@stmaryangels.co.uk if you have any queries or need any assistance in applying for Free School Meals. 

Universal Free School Meals

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year2 receive a free school meal under the Universal Free School Meals offer. However, the school encourages you to check your eligibility and, if eligible, apply for Free School Meals as this will bring additional income into the school in the form of Pupil Premium funding which is based on how many pupils are eligible for free school meals.

Eligibility for Free School Meals

Your child may qualify for free school meals if you or their other parent are receiving Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance from the Department of Social Security (DSS) or support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Under the current criteria, children who receive, or whose parents receive, one or more of the following support payments are eligible to receive free school meals:

  • 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 - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Free School Meal Eligibility Checker

The Free school Meals Eligibility Checker is an online process where parents can check eligibility for free school meals. 

How it works for parents:

After entering a few details into the website, the online application process links to the Department for Education database and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response.

This system is designed to eliminate the need to apply in person for Free School Meals and improve the claims process for schools. It also means that if you are eligible for free meals, the school is able to process your application using the information you submit.

There is no need to re-apply each year, as schools can recheck eligibility as required using the data already provided - although if your child moves to a different school then you will need to update your account.

You can check to see if you are eligible to apply for Free School Meals by clicking here or visiting https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/ To use the site you will need to log on with a USO account or create a USO account. If you have used eAdmissions in the past you will already have a USO account. The school can check your eligibility on your behalf. For us to carry out the check you will need to provide us with your date of birth and your National Insurance number.

 

Appling in person for Free School Meals

Alternatively you can apply for Free School Meals by downloading and completing Westminster’s Free School Meal Application Form which is available by clicking here or visiting https://fisd.westminster.gov.uk/kb5/westminster/fis/service.page?id=Yirk6J503Ss&familychannel=6

If you are making a new application, the school can provide emergency meals for up to 4 weeks from the date you give us a completed application form along with proof that you receive one of the benefits listed above. The school will add a note to the application form to confirm the date the emergency meals started and pass it on to Westminster City Council for processing. The school will not be able to provide emergency meals without seeing proof of eligibility. Your application will take approximately 2 weeks to process.

Please contact the school office on 02077921883 or office@stmaryangels.co.uk if you have any queries or need any assistance in applying for Free School Meals.