Free School Meals

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UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS (UIFSM)

Following the Department for Education’s recent review of school food, the government has decided that all pupils in KS1 – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be entitled to have a free school meal at lunchtime. This offer does not depend on your household income or whether you receive any benefits – every child in these classes is eligible to take up the offer.

In a trial, it was found that pupils who ate a high quality school lunch achieved better academically than those who did not. They were also more likely to eat healthier foods such as vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy foods such as crisps.

Parents in the trial appreciated saving the cost of school lunches (currently £2.20 per child per day) and not having to spend time preparing packed lunches.

On joining the school you will be asked to complete a registration form which will automatically enrol your child for UIFSM. Your child does not have to have a school meal and can still have a packed lunch if they wish. This form is also available to download from the link below.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS (INCOME BASED)

If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals (any age) based on your financial circumstances please contact the school. The same form for Universal Infant Free School Meals can also be used to apply for Income Based Free School Meals.

Entitlement to Income Based Free School Meals also makes your child eligible for Pupil Premium – currently worth £1,300. This money is paid to the school and can be used to support your child’s learning and support access to after school activities, trips etc.   Please contact reception if you have any queries.

Gloucestershire County Council Free School Meals Info

Claiming for Free School Meals

Application Form for Free School Meals