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School Meals

Covid-19 Pandemic – Important Information

Schools are currently closed except for children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. If your child normally has Free School Meals and is not at school, the school will make arrangements. They will provide you with a food parcel or food voucher. If your child is attending school, they should receive Free School Meals at school as normal.

We are continuing to process new applications for Free School Meals. Please read below to understand if you can apply. Please complete the online application form below if you are eligible.  We are not currently accepting applications in hard copy by post. If you are unable to apply online, please call the Free School Meals team on 01872 323298. A member of the team will call you back to complete the application over the phone. Please make sure your phone will accept calls from a private / withheld number.

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Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if they go to a maintained Camborne  or Truro Nursery School. Also if they are on the roll of a school/academy with an integral pre-school class. Check if you meet the eligibility criteria.

To get Free School Meals, your child will need to be attending sessions before and after lunch on that day. 

Pre-school children at:

  • private or community pre-schools
  • nurseries
  • school-based nurseries (which are not integral to the school/academy)

 

 

 

cannot get Free School Meals. This is even if parents meet the eligibility criteria. If you don't know what type of setting your child is at, ask the staff. 

All Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) children get free school meals. This is part of the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative. regardless of what benefits are being claimed. 

Some of these children might be able to get benefits-related Free School Meals. Children in this group are also eligible for Pupil Premium. This is funding paid to the school to support your child in their learning. It is important to apply for benefits-related Free School Meals if you think you fit this criteria.

Your child will be eligible for benefits-related free school meal if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Your child may be eligible for benefits-related free school meals if you, or the child themselves in their own right, meet the eligibility criteria.

If eligible for Free School Meals, your child will also be eligible for Pupil Premium. This is additional funding paid to the school to support your child in their learning.

A child is eligible for Free School Meals if their parent/carer (or the child themselves in their own right) receives any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers' Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Support
  • Universal Credit. Your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get). This is assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods

If you are claiming the benefits listed below you are NOT eligible for free school meals. This is regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed.

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Contribution-Based Job Seeker's Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance

You can claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run-on. This is the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

You can apply for free school meals, and Pupil Premium online. Please ensure you have read the important information on this page before applying. 

Apply for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

We will check your eligibility with HM Revenue and Customs, The Home Office and the Department of Work and Pensions.

We will email or write to you to let you know the outcome of your application. If you are eligible, we will give you the date your child’s Free School Meals will start. We will also notify your child’s school. Please note that we are unable to backdate any claim.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has temporarily given free school meal eligibility to include some children. These are from groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

These groups are:

  • children of Zambrano carers
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. They are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

These groups are subject to a maximum household income threshold of £28,200 (outside London).

The government has also given eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers. They are supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This group is not subject to a maximum household income threshold due to the fact that these families are not able to work.

For more information on free school meals eligibility if you have no recourse to public funds, please see the guidance at GOV.UK

If you are from one of these groups, please do not use the application form above. Please email us at schoolmeals@cornwall.gov.uk or call us on 01872 323298.

How long will my application take?

Applications will usually be processed within three working days of receipt. We strive, and frequently achieve, to process applications much quicker. However, in peak periods, such as the start of term, it may take a little longer to process your application.

What happens if my financial circumstances change?

Anyone who has been eligible for Free School Meals at any point since 1 April 2018 will remain eligible until summer 2023. This applies even if your earnings increase above the threshold or you stop your claim. After the Rollout period ends, if you no longer meet the criteria your child will still remain eligible. This will be until they complete their current phase of education. at that time (e.g. primary or secondary school)

My child is transferring to secondary school. Do I need to apply again?

No, you do not need to reapply. Children who get Free School Meals at primary school will get their entitlement transferred to secondary school.

Can I appeal a Free School Meals eligibility decision?

Free School Meals is a statutory benefit. The criteria are determined by central government. There is no appeal process. If you feel that your application was incorrectly refused, we are happy to look at it again. We may ask you to provide hard copy evidence of your entitlement. If we are can't determine your eligibility, we may recommend that you discuss this with the appropriate agencies. e.g. Department for Work and Pensions.

What type of food will be provided for a Free School Meal?

Schools in Cornwall are responsible for arranging their own school meal provision. But, they must meet the national nutritional standards. Please contact your child’s school for more details of the food they provide.

Cornwall Council believes that when children eat better, they achieve better. Children are more likely to concentrate in the classroom in the afternoon after eating a healthy school lunch. They should be offered in a pleasant environment. This also improves their health and their learning about making better food choices.

Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if they go to Camborne or Truro Nursery School. Also if they are on the roll of a school/academy with an integral pre-school class. Check if you meet the eligibility criteria.

To get Free School Meals, your child will need to be attending sessions before and after lunch on that day.