Free School Meals information
At Sharp Lane Primary School we work hard to ensure that pupils have a sociable and healthy lunchtime experience. We offer a variety of healthy meal choices as part of our partnership with Leeds City Council and are happy to cater for the needs of individuals that are vegetarian or have specific dietary requirements.
If you are claiming benefits with the Council, it is important to tell them when your child starts Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 at Primary School, especially if you believe that you would also qualify for Free School Meals under means-tested criteria. Registering your entitlement will earn school £1320 per year in Government funding called the Pupil Premium.
If a free school meal award is made, your child will also be entitled to free school milk if they are over the age of 5 and altogether you could save up to £485 per child, per year.
Transitional Protection rules brought in from 1st April 2018, means that whilst Universal Credit is being rolled out to families in Leeds, once a child gets a free school meal award, they can keep the award right through until they leave Primary School. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the threshold or if you stop being eligible for Universal Credit.
Please read below guidance regarding qualification criteria.
DO I QUALIFY FOR HELP?
You can claim Free School Meals for any child who normally lives with you and who is classed as being under your parental care. To get Free School Meals you must receive one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (and your net combined household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax)
- Income Support, Pension Guarantee Credit, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance.
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit Only (With No Working Tax Credit) and your Annual Taxable Income does not exceed £16,190.
WHICH CHILDREN GET FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
You can claim Free School Meals if you have any children in your care who attend a non-fee paying school full-time. This includes Academies and Free Schools, those in the sixth form (except Notre Dame and Elliott Hudson Sixth Form Colleges), those attending Pupil Referral Units and Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres and those below Reception age who have full day places at nurseries attached to an LEA maintained school (that is they attend nursery both before and after lunch).
If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for free school meals, additional information is available by visiting this website:
Please complete and return an application form to any Council One Stop Centre or Community Hub in the city, or post it to us directly at the following address:
Welfare & Benefits (FSM Claims)
Leeds City Council
Schools or parents wishing to scan and return the completed form by email should address it to LBS.Distribution@leeds.gov.uk
Alternatively, if you would like help to complete a claim, you can visit any One Stop Shop Centre or Community Hub and ask for assistance. You can also call the benfits helpline on 0113 222 4404