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Free Meal Entitlement Criteria

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school meal at no charge because of the government initiative to provide a meal at lunchtime for children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage.  Children in Years 3-6  who's parent/ carer  receives certain qualifying benefits, may claim for Free School Meals. 

The benefits are:

Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IB JSA);

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;

Child Tax Credit

The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.

Employment and Support Allowance

Working Tax Credit (only during the 4 week period immediately after their employment finishes).


The cost of the meals to all other parents is:

£2.10 per meal or £10.50 per week.

Please pay for dinners on a Monday for the week or in advance for the term or half-term.




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John 10:10

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