Free School Meals
Families in receipt of certain benefits are entitled to obtain Free School Meals for their children. These benefits are
- 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 (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If your child is eligible for and getting free school meals at any time before 31 March 2022, they’ll remain eligible until this date.
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Make an application
Applications for free school meals should be made via your home local authority. Visit Swindon LA's webpage for more information about how to apply. Visit website
Why apply- Pupil Premium?
Any student who applies and is entitled to free school meals obtain additional funding for GWA. This is called pupil premium. In 2018 each eligible Yr 7 - 11 student attract £935 additional funding for secondary schools so we would encourage those families to apply. The money is designated to raise the attainment for those pupils who are eligible for FSM.
Pupil premium is also awarded to Looked After Children and Service children
GWA will publish details of the pupil premium strategy in due course.