St John's Catholic Primary School

St John's Catholic Primary School

  • Next School Assembly will be Friday 16th of November

Free School Meals

If you have an infant age child (those in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) they can receive free school meals.

For older children you will need to apply based on the criteria below.

Free school meals - can I get it?

You can apply for free school meals if you or your child receive 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

For every pupil registered with the council as eligible under the entitlement criteria, our school will receive additional funding called Pupil Premium which is used to help raise achievement levels.

In order for schools (and pupils) to continue to benefit from this extra funding it is important that parents who do meet the entitlement criteria continue to register their claim with the council.

Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who are registered at a Staffordshire school and who would normally be at school at lunch time. School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and you can save yourself time and money.


Even if you don’t want your children to have the meals, claiming them helps our school. The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives.

The quickest and easiest way to claim is applying online. It takes just a few minutes, you will get an instant yes or no answer and if you are entitled you can print the confirmation to give to your school to start the free meals immediately.

For more details click here and please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any questions.