Free SCHOOL MEALS
AM I ENTITLED?
At Prince William School we encourage and support all students and their families in their application for Free School Meals. Free School Meals are available for any eligible child who attends school on a full-time basis. This includes Sixth Form students. Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if you or your partner receive either:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, with no element of Working Tax Credit*, and a household income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)
- National Asylum Seekers Support
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
*Please note: If you have recently stopped working, or have reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week, and are receiving a four week run-on of Working Tax Credit payments, you can apply for Free School Meals for four weeks, at the commencement of the run-on period.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF I AM ENTITLED?
An online checking system, provided by the Department for Education, is used to process applications. This system links with your benefit provider and confirms whether or not you are eligible for Free School Meals. It does not provide the school or the Local Authority with any other information. Your eligibility will be reviewed on a regular basis; however, you must inform us of any change in circumstances as soon as possible.
HOW DO I APPLY?
All applications are dealt with in the strictest confidence. Although applications are made direct to Northamptonshire County Council, we as a school are more than happy to support you with your application. If you have any questions please contact the relevant Year Team for further advice.
You can apply online and your eligibility will be checked immediately. Alternatively you can apply by sending in a paper application form. Download the application form here.
You do not need to re-apply for free school meals in September if your child already receives them. Your claim will continue unless you have a change in circumstances.