School Meals (Sept 2023 onwards)
The Mayor of London is offering grant funding for the 2023/24 school year to pay for free school meals for key stage 2 pupils at state schools who do not qualify for Government-funded income-related free school meals
All primary school children who attend state schools in London will receive free school meals for the full academic year, starting in 2023/24/ academic year. This means all state funded primary school children in London are now eligible for free school meals. The funding will help up to 270,000 primary school children in London access free school meals and could save your family upwards of £440 across the year.
Your child will receive their free school meals automatically, but it’s vitally important that you still complete your borough’s registration form if you believe you are eligible for extra benefits-related funding for their school from the Government, worth £1,300 per year. See eligibility criteria below. That’s extra money to spend on enrichment activities, teacher development, and targeted support for the children that need it most. Depending on how schemes operate in your borough, it may also entitle you to other benefits like food vouchers during the holidays. There is more information about registration in your borough here: https://www.bromley.gov.uk/FreeSchoolMealsApplicationForm.
Benefit-related free school meals (pupil premium)
Pupils may receive benefits-related free school meals if their parent(s) are in receipt of:
- 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 the parents 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
- Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals
For further information about applying for free school meals or to make an online application please visit the link below.
Parents are encouraged to apply for free meals even if you prefer your child to have a packed lunch, as this attracts valuable additional funding for the school.
If your child would prefer to bring a packed lunch please ensure that this contains no nuts as we have children in school with severe allergies. Any drinks sent in should be in a plastic container or carton. No glass or cans of fizzy drink should be brought into school. Please ensure that all lunch boxes are clearly named.
All food in lunch boxes should be eaten at lunch time. In addition, Key Stage 2 children may bring in a fruit snack for morning break. Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children have fruit for morning break provided by the school.