Free School Meals
Can I apply for free school meals?
You can apply for means tested free school meals via the Bradford Council online form. They can tell you straight away if you qualify.
You can apply for means-tested free school meals if you receive:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit
- the ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income threshold of less than £7,400
- If you are an Asylum Seeker, you will need to apply directly to the school or contact the Access Team.
School meals are free for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - why do I still need to apply?
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 get free school meals (known as universal free school meals), but if you receive one of the benefits listed above, you may also get help with:
- the cost of residential school trips (speak to your school about this)
- travel costs to school
- school uniform costs (speak to your school about this)
- council run music lessons at school
For each child registered for means-tested free school meals, schools receive pupil premium. This money is to help your child achieve their best at school. The way to apply is to use Bradford Council's online form. They can tell you straight away if you qualify.
What if my circumstances change?
If your circumstances change or your child changes school you need to tell us as your entitlement may change.
Please speak to Jackie Rosano, Parental Involvement Worker if you are unsure or would like more information.