Free School Meal Eligibility Check
All children from Reception to Year 2 are entitled to free school meals through the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. However, please read the information below if you are in receipt of benefits as it is still important to apply for free school meals and check if you may be eligible so that funds can be generated for school and for the benefit of your child. There are a number of parents whose circumstances have changed during the Covid-19 crisis and who may now be entitled to claim FSM.
Parents of children starting Year 3 will need to pay for any school meals from September 2020 unless eligible for Free School Meals so it is worth checking by clicking the link below:-
The Staffordshire Free School Meals team will notify school of the children eligible to receive Free School Meals using the Prime System.
Further information on claiming free school meals
Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a South Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and you can save yourself time and money.
The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives. If you have an infant age child (those in Reception, year 1 or year 2) they can receive free school meals even if you don't meet the entitlement criteria and without completing an application for them.
However, for every pupil registered with the council as eligible under the entitlement criteria, the school will receive additional funding called Pupil Premium which is used to help raise achievement levels. Each school will decide how to spend the funding and are required to publish details of what they have spent it on and the impact it has had. So that schools (and pupils) can continue to benefit from this extra funding it is important that parents who do meet the eligible criteria continue to register their claim with the council.