Free School Meals

Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is eligible. This includes Sixth Form students although meals are not available for learners at further education level. You can access free school meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:

  • 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 Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are 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 – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent, carer or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • Younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • In full-time education

If you think that your son or daughter is eligible for free school meals please email [email protected] 

COVID-19 update - During College closure (from 23rd March 2020 onwards) eligible parents will receive supermarket vouchers instead of FSMs on-site. Additionally, during the phased re-opening of the College from 15th June 2020 to 16th July 2020 any learners on-site will be provided with a free meal, and this will not impact the vouchers that eligible FSM parents will continue to receive. The on-site meal service will be much more limited than usual, click here to view the menu (subject to change without notice).