Free School Meals

Free School Meals

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered Haydon School gets £935.

With this money we could give your child extra support with their English and Mathematics.  If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with the cost of some school trips.

Please register by contacting Mrs M Malone ( who will issue you with the relevant qualifying pack or advise you how to register on the ‘my free school meals’ website.


How does it work?

1.     First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list on the next page.

2.     Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, check on line at https://myfreeschoolmeals.firsteplcom/ and contact Mrs Malone with the relevant information.

3.     If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £935 extra.

4.     If you do not want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £935 extra.

 No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

  • The free school meal money (£2.00 daily) is automatically put on ParentPay daily and therefore for all students the process is very confidential and discrete.
  • If you would like to talk to us about registering, please contact Mrs Malone.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Free School Meal Advice document

Free School Meal Application Form

Free School Meal Criteria

Free School Meal Disclaimer Form