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Apply for free school meals

Free school meals for infants

All children attending school in Reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a school meal free of charge.

Even though your child will receive a school meal, if you are receiving any of the benefits listed below you should still apply as your child’s school will also be entitled to extra funding of £1,300 known as Pupil Premium.

Apply for free school meals

To make an application for free school meals you must apply online. Paper applications are no longer available.

Apply for free school meals

You will need to provide:

  • your own name and date of birth
  • contact details
  • national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
  • child's name and date of birth
  • school your child is attending or will attend

Free school meals from Year 3 onwards

If you have children under 19 years old and still in full time education, they may be entitled to a free school meal if you receive either:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-one paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit 

You will not be entitled to Free School Meals if you receive any element of Working Tax Credit or if your annual household income (as assessed by HMRC) is greater than £ 16,190.

Proof of your benefit will not need to be provided at this stage, however, you will be informed if any proof of benefit is required at a later date.

Schools processing their own free meals

If you are applying for free school meals at any of the following schools or academies, you will be unable to apply using our online system and will need to contact the school directly. The following schools currently process their own free school meal applications:

Primary/Infant/Junior schools and academies: 

  • Kingfisher Primary School -  01634 661540
  • Lordswood School - 0300 065 8250
  • Napier Community Primary Academy - 01634 574920  
  • Oasis Academy-Skinner Street - 01634 850213
  • Phoenix Junior Academy - 01634 829009
  • Saxon Way Primary - 01634 852320
  • The Academy of Woodlands - 0300 065 8200

    Secondary schools and academies
  • Fort Pitt Grammar School - 01634 842359
  • The Hundred of Hoo Academy - 01634 251443
  • Medway UTC - 01634 883733
  • Rainham School for Girls - 01634 362746
  • The Rochester Grammar School - 01634 843049
  • The Robert Napier School - 01634 851157
  • Strood Academy - 01634 717121
  • The Thomas Aveling School - 01634 844809
  • The Victory Academy (formerly Bishop of Rochester Academy) - 01634 303005
  • Walderslade Girls School - 01634 861596

Reviews and changes in circumstance

You must update your details using our online free school meal system if there are any changes to your circumstances or school, so we can make sure your child still receives their free school meals.

Regular reviews will be carried out once per month and contact will be made if your entitlement changes or if any further information is required.