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Free school meals

YOU COULD BE ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS

 

Free school meals

There are two schemes for free school meals:

  • universal infant free school meals for all children in reception year, year 1 and year 2 – you don’t need to apply as they’re automatically given at the school
  • free school meals for people on qualifying benefits – you’ll need to apply for these

If you claim qualifying benefits and your child is entitled to universal infant school meals, you should still apply for free school meals so:

  • you’re eligible for other financial assistance for items such as school trips
  • the school can receive funding for the free school meals

We ask ALL parents who believe their children would be entitled to free school meals to apply for these, in order that the school can receive this additional funding.

 

Being eligible for Pupil Premium funding could entitle your child to:

 

  • free school meals, regardless of age,
  • a subsidised place on the Year 6 Kilve residential,
  • help towards the cost of school trips and visits,
  • help towards the cost of school uniform, Breakfast Club and After School Club fees.

 

Parents or carers who receive any of the following are entitled to free school meals and Pupil Premium funding:

 

  • Income Support (IM)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) - not contribution related
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) - not contribution based
  • A Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190.

 

How to apply

 

Note - If you are already approved elsewhere for your FSM , please do not reapply using the link below. Any changes in your circumstances may rule your application unsuccessful. Instead, please email fsm@n-somerset.gov.uk  and give them your details.

 

If you think you may be entitled, please pick up an application form from the school office, from the Town Hall, or by downloading from the link below.  Alternatively, click on the weblink below to go straight through to the North Somerset Free School Meals Application site. 

 

https://nsod.n-somerset.gov.uk/kb5/northsomerset/directory/fsm.page

 

Free school meals entitlement is for the child, not the family, so you will need to apply for each child.

If your child is starting primary school in September, the earliest you should apply is during the summer holidays as we cannot process your application earlier. Applying too early could result in your application being removed.

If you are changing schools within North Somerset, do not reapply, please email fsm@n-somerset.gov.uk so we can transfer your entitlement.

If you are moving into North Somerset from another area you will need to apply on our system and do a referral.

You will need your National insurance number to apply.

The link to the online system is at the bottom of this page.

If you are eligible

If you are eligible for free school meals, your entitlement will begin on the day you apply and will last until the end of the school phase your child is in as at 31 March 2022. You will not have to reapply during this time.

You will be able to download an eligibility letter. If you are applying during the school holidays, we will notify the school for you. If you are applying during term time, you’ll need to show the school the letter to get your free meals. Keep a copy of the letter in case the school asks to see it again. You can print it, download it or screenshot it.

If your application isn’t successful

If your application isn’t successful, check your National Insurance number and try again. If this doesn’t work, select the ‘referral’ button to let us know what benefits you are on and we’ll ask you for evidence.

When to reapply

Due to the roll out of Universal Credit, all pupils that are currently eligible for free school meals will continue to be eligible for free school meals until the end of the school stage they are in on 31 March 2022.

This means if your child is receiving free school meals at primary school in March 2022, you won’t need to reapply for them until they start secondary school.

If your child moves from primary to secondary school before 31 March 2022, you should not reapply but you do need to confirm your change of school by emailing fsm@n-somerset.gov.uk in the summer holidays before they start secondary school so we can transfer your entitlement to the correct school. Please do not reapply as you may lose your eligibility.

Children do not receive free school meals in college.

If your child changes school or address before 31 March 2022, email fsm@n-somerset.gov.uk so we can update your free school meals record.

 

 

Free school meal enquiry

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