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Free school meals

Your child will be eligible for free school meals if you (or your partner) are in receipt of, either :

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and your annual gross income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) is not more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run on' – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Pupil Premium

Your child’s school will also receive additional funding if you are in receipt of a qualifying award listed above.  It is therefore important that you claim free school meals and the pupil premium even if your child does not wish to take a school meal or your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and already receives an infant free school meal.

If your child is at an academy:

If your child is attending one of the following schools you need to contact the school directly to apply for free school meals:

  • St Mary & St Thomas’ C.E. Primary School, WA10 2HS
  • Rainhill St Ann’s Church of England Primary School, L35 0LQ

Changes in circumstances

Please contact us if you have a change in your circumstances, for example your child changes school or you or your partner stop receiving any of qualifying awards listed above.

 

Contact Details
Telephone: 01744 675 217
Write to: St Helens Council, Revenues and Benefits, PO Box 10592, NOTTINGHAM, NG6 6DP
Call in person: Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF
Email: educationbenefits@sthelens.gov.uk
  • You should live within borough of St Helens. If you live outside the area please contact your local education authority.
  • We will check your eligibility to claim free school meals electronically. You will not normally need to provide supporting evidence.
  • If you qualify we will also notify your child's school.
  • Children at infant or special schools may also be eligible to receive free milk.
  • Children below compulsory school age must attend before and after lunch sessions at a local authority nursery school or nursery class to qualify for free school meals.
  • Young people who receive the above listed awards in their own right are also eligible to apply for free school meals.
  • Foster parents already receive funding and are not eligible to apply for free school meals.

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If you qualify for statutory free school meals you may also be entitled to school clothing allowance.

Some two-year-olds in St Helens will be entitled to a free nursery place of up to 15 hours per week. This will depend upon your family circumstances. To find out more please visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/free2