Free school meals

Free School meals are provided when parents/carers meet certain eligibility criteria. We will ensure that each child who is eligible for free school meals receive a meal which is filling and nutritionally balanced. Research has shown that productivity and attainment can be improved when children eat balanced meals.

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 automatically qualify for a Free School Meal under the universal scheme, regardless of the qualifying criteria for Free School Meals being met. However, if a parent meets the qualifying criteria for Free School Meals this can raise extra funding for the child’s school and you may be asked to provide certain data to the school to enable this to be claimed.

If you wish to apply for a meal for a child in nursery, you must contact your child’s school directly.

We will shortly be introducing online applications, but in the meantime you can apply by calling 0161 912 3265 or filling in our printable application form .