Are you in receipt of any of the following benefits?

Jobseekers Allowance (Income based)

Income Support
Employment and Support Allowance (Income based)

Support under Park VI of the Immigrations and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of state pension credit 
Child Tax Credits (provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of less than £16,190)

You are an asylum seeker
Universal credit (you must have less than £616.67 a month net based income (after tax and not including any benefits)

 

If you have answered Yes to any of the above and your child doesn't currently have a Free School Meals Entitlement (this is different to the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Universal Free School Meal entitlement) - then please read on!

Free School Meals & Universal Free School Meal Entitlement

As you will be aware, all children in Reception, Year One and Year Two are entitled to a school meal under the Government's Universal Free School Meals Scheme.

However, what is not as well known is the 'Free School Meal' Entitlement for children from lower-income families, which comes with extra benefits for both the family and school in supporting the child.
If eligible, this will enable your child to access free school meals until the finish of their secondary education with no need to 're-apply' at any stage - it will also entitle you to any extra help that the Government may offer during non-term time (for example, the supermarket voucher offer that was available to all free school meal children during the first lockdown and the vouchers given for Christmas 2020).

The school will also benefit from pupils who have this entitlement in the form of Pupil premium funding - this is paid to school and enables us to provide additional resources and opportunities for those pupils - to see how we have spent our previous entitlements, click here

You can apply for free school meals, by clicking here

FAQ's

I have two children in school - the older one has a free school meal entitlement, will the younger sibling get it automatically?

No, unfortunately you will have to go through the same application process for the younger sibling.

Is the only way to apply through the online process?
No, this way is encouraged as it is the quickest and easiest way, but if you would prefer a hard copy of the application form, please just call the school office or email info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk for a copy.

If my child has a free school meal entitlement, so do they have to have a school meal?
Not at all, your child can bring in a packed lunch if they would like to.

What happens when my child goes to Secondary school?
They will continue to be entitled to Free School meals, you won't need to do anything.

My question hasn't been answered, who can I contact?
Please call the school office on 01384 818600 or email us at info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk