Free School Meals

Pupil Premium Information

Free School Meals Information

Free School Meals – Benefits of receiving and eligibility criteria:

Too many children in Coventry are living in food poverty, yet hundreds of children are still not receiving their entitlement to a Free School Meal. One in four children in Coventry is eligible for a Free School Meal. More are taking up their entitlement but there are so many more who could be benefiting.

The benefits of Free School Meals include:

  • You could save more than £450 a year per child
  • It saves time making packed lunches
  • Your child gets a healthy tasty, cooked meal
  • Children achieve more when they’ve had a cooked lunch
  • School gets extra funding to help children in their education (pupil premium- up to
    £1320 a year per child

Your child will be able to get Free School Meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of 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)
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household earnings must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Any child who becomes eligible for Free School Meals between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2023 will remain entitled to a Free School Meal regardless of any change in parental income until they finish the phase of education they are in (primary or secondary) as of 31 March 2023.

To see whether you qualify, contact:

Free School Meals

Monday to Friday: 11am until 1pm


Broadgate House

Telephone: 024 7683 3773


Or to apply access the link below.

Apply for free school meals – GOV.UK (