Free School Meals

Dear Parents and Carers,

We know that there are lots of things for your family to consider when the school week begins; but have you and your child decided what they will be having for lunch every day? 

School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. Did you know that your child could qualify for free school meals? If your child is eligible it means they can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the bills and the fuss of making packed lunches. Many children at the academy are already eating free school meals, and your child may be able to have them too.

There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals. As professional cooks prepare meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16, 190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Savings for your family

If you were planning to pay for your child to have school meals or are already doing so, you could save around £350 per year if your child qualifies for free school meals.

Think of the time you’d save

If your child is eligible and chooses school meals over packed lunches, you could save up to 190 hours a year, which is the time needed to make packed lunches that meet the nutritional standards of school meals – that’s just over a week!

Our school will receive extra funding

For every child registered for a free school meal, the school will receive money to spend on extra resources. 

To make sure your child doesn’t miss out, contact:

Erica Cook

01642 484269

contactus@ryehills.rac.sch.uk


FSM Letter 2018

Changes to Free School Meal eligibility under Universal Credit (April 2018)

Application for Free School Meals

Change of Circumstance Form

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