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Free School Meals

There are two different types of Free School Meals:

Universal Free School Meals

Every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is entitled to a Universal Free School Meal. You do not need to apply for this. Once your child is in Year 3, they will no longer receive a Free School Meal.

Benefits-related Free School Meals

If you or your partner receive any of the qualifying benefits listed below, you can apply for benefits-related Free School Meals. Your child will then continue to receive a Free School Meal in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 – Year 6). If you are eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals, school will also receive extra funding for your             child’s education, so it is really important that you apply. This funding is called Pupil Premium.


Qualifying benefits

If you or your partner receive any of the following benefits, please click here to apply for Free School Meals.

  • Universal Credit – your household earned annual income must be less than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed part of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit – with no Working Tax Credit and your annual household income is no more than £16,190, as assessed by the Inland Revenue


It only takes a few minutes to apply online. If you need help with your application, please speak to the school office – they will be happy to help you.

Please include all of your children when you apply.

If your application is successful, you will be sent a confirmation email. Please print this out and give a copy to the school office, or forward the email to

If your child is eligible for free school meals, the school will get extra funding for your child’s education when you apply – this is £1,320 per child in primary school. This funding is called Pupil Premium. The money can be used to help with the cost of school trips, extra teaching staff and activities.

Pupil Premium funding makes a huge difference to school. The extra funding we receive allows us to make sure that your child has access to the best resources and the best possible education. If you receive any of the qualifying benefits listed, please apply for Free School Meals.


There is more information about Free School Meals on the Liverpool City Council website.