All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.
From year 3 onwards, children whose parents are in receipt of the following are entitled to free school meals:
Children who receive any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
Use our online application form, which you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org or print out and post to FSM Team, Room L102, County Hall, Exeter EX2 4QD. Parents and carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.