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Free School Meals

Universal Free School Meals


Ordsall Primary School is a government-funded school so your child will be able to get free school meal if they are in:


  • reception class
  • year 1


  • year 2


This provision will change when your child goes into year 3 so it is important that all parents who may be eligible to receive Free School Meals click register so that they are able to find out if they are eligible. By doing this you may be enabling our school to claim a "pupil premium allocation". The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment. By contributing to this additional funding for schools you can help us to buy new equipment, resources and staff to support your child and other children in the school.

Applying for Free School Meals


You can check if your child can get free school meals in England and find out how to apply on our local authority’s website. The Department For Education also provides information for parents and carers which you can find by clicking HERE


Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get 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 guaranteed element of 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:



If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary).


Apply for free school meals and milk


To apply, you will need to register and provide:

  • your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service Reference Number
  • your last name
  • your date of birth
  • child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend
  • if eligible for free school meals and/or milk, the start date will normally be within two days of parents contacting us and entitlement being verified. We will also write to confirm the date the child’s free school meals and milk will start.


For further information please contact the Free School Meals Team on 0300 500 80 80 or by clicking HERE or alternatively please register and apply now.