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Free School Meals

We operate a cashless catering system which means that students in receipt of free school meals obtain these in exactly the same way as students paying for their meals.

If your child qualifies for free school meals it is worth applying even if you are not sure they will want a canteen meal every day as they will at least have the option of a free school meal on any day they choose to have one and it will mean that we can access additional funding to spend on resources.

Do you qualify for Free School Meals?

If either of the following applies then you may benefit from Free School Meals:

  • If you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit – Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance – Income Based, Child Tax Credit (Working Tax Credit is not a qualifying benefit)
  • If your taxable annual household income is less than £16,190

How to apply for Free School Meals

The quickest way to apply is online at

If you are unable to apply online you can collect a form from our academy reception.