Free School Meals Eligibility

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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)
  • Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • Younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • In full-time education
  • If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023.

Free School Meal Vouchers

Please note Free School Meal vouhers are no longer issued for school holidays. 

The Government has requested that schools continue to support pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals who have to be at home for reasons relating to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ark Boulton Academy will be issuing FSM vouchers using “Wonde” to the value of £2.40 per day per child entitled to benefit related FSM when the above criteria is met.

You will be sent a text by the school to inform you if a voucher is being issued followed by an email from “Wonde” with your voucher details.

There are some FAQ’s below which will assist you in using the vouchers so please read them carefully.

Visit this page if you need to submit a new FSM Application.