West Berkshire Council

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:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance*
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • 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're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working tax credit run on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

*Children who receive Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school lunches. 

Applying for Free School Meals

To apply for free school meals at West Berkshire schools and maintained nurseries:

  • 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


Who To Contact

For queries about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

01635 503622