Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England automatically receive free school meals under the Universal Free School meal scheme. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enroll their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium‘ funding to support learning.


From Year 3 onwards, children whose parents are in receipt of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State 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.

For details of how to apply you may go to the Cornwall Council website.

www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals