Free School Meals

Our school can receive funding for every child:

  • eligible for a free school meal or
  • who has a parent in the Services currently or in the recent past or
  • is in receipt of a War Pension Scheme (WPS) or Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) pension from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a result of injury, illness or death caused by Service.

Service Child

If this applies to you please contact the SIMs admin team at school on 01473 624855, or e-mail our Administration Team.

Free School Meals

There are thousands of young people in Suffolk that are eligible for a free school meal but are not currently claiming one. If they all claimed the meal they are entitled to, Suffolk Schools would be around £3 million better off – this vital funding would allow schools to better support your child in their learning career.

Families in receipt of a free school meal save around £400 a year, and the school receives up to £1,035 extra funding for each child. If you have adopted your child or they are currently in Local Authority Care, further funding can be obtained for schools to help support your child.

Is your child eligible?

Your child will be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, as long as you do not get a Working Tax Credit and have an annual income
    (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods.)

To check if your child is eligible and/or apply, simply visit Suffolk County Council’s Free School Meal website – there you find both the eligibility checker and online form.

Alternatively, call Suffolk County Council’s Free School Meal Team on 0345 606 6067.

Once it has been confirmed whether your child is eligible, Suffolk County Council will write to you and the school.

Even if you do not wish for your child to have a school meal, the school will still benefit from this additional funding and this may be of advantage to your child.

Any family that has been in receipt of Free School Meals since 1 April 2018, or who subsequently successfully applies, are expected to receive free school meals until at least March 2025 – EVEN IF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE. Please apply if you believe you may be eligible.

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