Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. They are also available to some older children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
- Income support
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
- Support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, if you have an annual taxable income (as assessed by H M Revenue and Customs) which does not exceed £16,190
To find out if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for any help or advice, you could:
- Contact Leeds City Council Welfare Rights Team on 0113 376 0452, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm, Wednesdays 10:15am to 4:30pm and Fridays 9am to 4pm
- Visit a One Stop Centre – the nearest one to school is in Chapeltown: The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3EX
- Visit your local housing office
- Contact Leeds City Council Benefits Helpline on 0113 222 4404
- Work out what benefits you may be entitled to by using this on-line benefit calculator
- Minicom users can contact on 0113 222 4410; for Braille, large print or on audio CD / tape, please contact Leeds City Council (using details above)
- Call HMRC Tax Credit helpline (0845 300 3900) or visit their website; or
- Contact Turn2Us – a charitable service that helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.
The Leeds City Council website has more information about free school meals. If you’ve any general questions about free school meals, please ask us at the Office (or send an email).