Could my child be entitled to free school meals?

You can now apply directly to the Bracknell Forest Council and do not always have to provide paper proof of benefit.

If you are eligible to claim free school meals your application will trigger extra government funding for the school.

This funding will be invested in your child in our school. 


Children whose parents or carers receive any of the following, are eligible for free school meals:

  • Universal Credit - as long as they have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the 4-week period immediately after your employment stops, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week, your child would also be eligible to free school meals for this 4-week period only.

Children who receive these benefits in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.



Universal infant free school meals

Children in the following classes are all eligible to receive a free school meal:

  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Even if your child is in one of these classes and is automatically entitled to claim a free school meal, it is still important that you apply for free school meals. This will make sure the school receives the extra government funding to which they are entitled to.


How to apply for free school meals?

You can apply for free school meals online at:

If you cannot apply online, you can:

  • call customer services on 01344 352000
  • download the application form below, fill it in and email it to 
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