Free School Meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

This not only helps parents in saving a large amount of money on school dinners, particularly during these tough financial times, but it is also has a financial benefit to school.

All schools receive funding called 'Pupil Premium' which is calculated based on the number of children on roll receiving Free School Meals. Such funding enables provisions for extra in-class support, targeted intervention, additional resources and subsidised school trips for children entitled to free school meals.

To find out if your child is eligable for free school meals please contact Mrs Struthers struthersc@chertseyhighschool.co.uk for an application form.

Please note, if your child is entitled to a free school meal, the allowance is automatically credited to the student’s account each day to allow purchase of the meal. However, any unused money is not carried over from one day to the next.