If you think you might be eligible for Free School Meals then do apply as soon as possible once you have read the information below.  If you are eligible then the school could receive additional funding which we can use to support your child.

A Guide to FREE SCHOOL MEALS for Parents/Carers and Families

Did you know……. 

Hertfordshire County Council could save you over £400 in school meals every year? 

Your school receives additional funding to help us provide extra support for your child? 

If you receive one of the following benefits then you could be eligible for free school meals worth over £400 per child per year: 

Income Support

Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

Income-related Employment Support Allowance

Child Tax Credit (providing you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To apply, or for more information, visit www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals

Getting the most out of Free School Meals

Some students who are eligible for FSM do not always take them as they prefer to have a sandwich lunch in their area with their friends.  

The new till system allocates the £2.35 each day to the student’s account and, therefore, the money can be spent at any time during the day including breakfast and break.  

The money is lost if not used on the same day.

If an FSM student is due out on a school trip where a packed lunch is requested, the student can order their sandwich two days before with the cook manager and pick it up on the morning of their trip.  The cook manager will need a list of students for the trip and will check them against the system.