Free School Meals
Free school meals are available for children if their parent or carer receives certain benefits. In addition, the school receives Pupil Premium funding each year of £935 per student who is entitled to free school meals; this funding continues for up to six years after the free school meals claim ends. This means that even if you only expect to claim for a short period of time the Pupil Premium funding will continue to support your child’s education for the long term.
If you don’t apply our School will miss out on funding which could go towards providing additional support for your child. If your child prefers to bring a packed lunch you will still need to register for free school meals for our School to receive the Pupil Premium funding.
The next census date is January 2017 and we encourage all eligible parents or carers to complete their applications ahead of this date to ensure that the School receives funding.
Who can get free school meals?
Parents or guardians are entitled to get free school meals or milk for their children if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit with a total annual taxable income of less than £16,190 and are not receiving Working Tax Credit
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- have successfully obtained asylum status
How to apply
The local authority in which the student attends the school, not where the student resides, is responsible for assessing the eligibility of a claimant. To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking on the green button at the top of the page, or you may follow this link to the Wirral Borough Council website, both links take you to the application form. Alternatively, you may download a paper based form here.
When you have completed your application, provided you are eligible for free school meals, you will not need to do anything else, we will be notified by the local authority and will be in touch with you. Registering for free school meals is confidential and is administered discretely at the school by our experienced catering team.
Easy and discrete administration
We are introducing cashless catering on 21 November 2016 and all Free School Meal students will receive a daily credit of £3.20 per day on their account. When paying for their meal or snacks they simply need to place their thumb on the biometric reader at the till and we take care of everything else. All students pay for their meals in the same way, meaning that Free School Meal students are not identifiable by other students.
We offer a range of tasty and healthy meals each day that are freshly prepared at our School by our in-house team.