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Your Child May be Eligible for Free School Meals - Don't Miss Out

Is your child entitled to Free School Meals? Cheshire East Council is encouraging parents and carers to check their eligibility to ensure that nobody misses out. Children receiving Free School Meals in Cheshire East are also entitled to a ‘Pupil Premium’ payment of up to £1,900. Schools can apply for this additional funding, which is then used to provide more support for the student, helping to develop their academic progress, self-esteem or social and emotional skills.*

All Infant children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) automatically receive Free School Meals, but older Primary and Secondary children may also be entitled if you are claiming any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support  Allowance
  • Support under Part 1 of the Immigration Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with no earned income or with net monthly earnings less than £616.67

You can also apply for nursery-age children if they attend before and after lunch sessions at a local authority nursery school, nursery class or and Academy nursery if it has the same Ofsted number as the primary school.

You can visit the Cheshire East website to apply at:

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/free_school_meals.aspx or for further information and help, call 0300 123 5012 or email freeschoolmeals@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

* You can learn more about how we use Pupil Premium funding to support students in the Pupil Premium page of our website. Click here.




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