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Free School Meals

How to apply for free school meals at participating schools

Free School Meals (FSM) are provided to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of:

  • Income Support (IS) *
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) *
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (from the National Asylum Support Service)
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR))

*Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also eligible to receive free school lunches. 

Applying for Free School Meals

Please note that Kennet School (Academy) and Whitelands Park Primary School do not currently participate in this scheme - you should contact them directly for details.
To apply for free school meals at a participating school, you can :

  • Apply online - it's quick and easy and you can do this at any time that is convenient for you - we'll contact you about your application and to confirm that you qualify
  • Apply over the phone through Customer Services - we'll take you through the form for you right there and then - just have your National Insurance number ready

Menu and ingredients

In West Berkshire we use high quality products in line with the government healthy eating standards, including:

  • fair-trade rice, cocoa and sugar products
  • chicken products supplied by Red Tractor Farm Assured suppliers
  • ethically sourced, free range eggs provided by a local supplier
  • salmon and fish fingers that are Marine Stewardship Council approved from sustainable stocks

Who To Contact

For queries about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

01635 503622