Free School Meals (FSM)
East Barnet School encourages families who are entitled to apply for free school meals.
Free school meals are a statutory benefit available to children from families who receive other qualifying benefits and who have been through the relevant registration process. The opportunity to receive a free school meal is extremely important to a substantial number of children from low income families, for whom a school lunch may be the only balanced meal they will eat in a day.
Government research shows that when children eat better, they do better. Whether families are paying for school meals or are entitled to them for free, children are more likely to concentrate in the classroom in the afternoon after eating healthy school lunches in a pleasant environment. This also improves their health and their learning about making better food choices. This research also shows that children eligible for free school meals are less likely to do well at school, continue into further education or secure higher paid jobs. Ensuring that these children eat and gain the benefits of the free school meals they’re entitled to really will make a difference to their ability to learn and succeed.
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you can request an Application Form through firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 020 8344 2100 or download a copy below. Give your completed application to the school office and make sure you can provide the correct documentary proof of any support you are receiving.
Parents living in England and Wales do not have to pay for their children’s school lunches if they 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 that does not exceed £16,190
- Universal Credit
Sixteen plus: A child over the age of 16 in receipt of any of these qualifying benefits in their own right is also eligible to receive free school meals.
Parents and carers who receive working tax credit are not entitled to FSM, however you may apply during the run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
The accounts for students receiving Free School Meals will be enabled before school Breakfast club for Breakfast Meal Deal and at lunchtime to allow purchase of a Lunch Meal Deal which consists of a main hot meal or salad and pudding/fruit. Sandwiches and rolls are also available as an alternative within the FSM allowance at lunchtime but do not include a pudding/dessert. Chilled water for refilling bottles is available free in the Dining Rooms.
Any entitlement not used at Breakfast club is not transferable to lunch entitlement.
- For further information about Breakfast Club contact the school.
- Students receiving Free School Meals may not purchase snacks or drinks with their free meals allowance and may not use their entitlement at break.
- Students entitled to Free School Meals are able to pay money into their account if they wish to purchase additional items at lunchtime and at break.
School Uniform & PE Kit
New students who qualify for FSM can claim for school uniform up to the value of £50 upon joining the school, provided that this is for approved uniform items or footwear. A claim with original receipt must be submitted to the Bursar and reimbursement will be made to the parent by cheque if the claim is approved.
New students who qualify for FSM can claim for reimbursement of one complete PE Kit upon joining the school. A claim with original receipt must be submitted to the Bursar and reimbursement will be made to the parent by cheque if the claim is approved.
Reimbursement of uniform and/or PE kit is subject to proof of FSM entitlement covering applicable dates.
Consideration will be given to provide financial assistance for field trips for students where applied for, where field trip is considered to be essential or desirable for an examined course.