Free school meals

Food for thought

There are around 5,000 young people in Suffolk who are eligible for a free school meal but are not currently claiming one. If they all claimed the meal they are entitled to Suffolk Schools would be £5 million better off.

More than 12,000 children in Suffolk already receive a free school meal. This saves their families around £400 a year and gives £900 per child of additional funding to their school.

Is your child eligible?

Your child will be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you do not get a Working Tax Credit, and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190)
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week.

To check if your child is eligible, simply call Suffolk County Council on 01284 758883 (Bury St Edmunds and surrounding area).

Students in our sixth form can apply directly to the Academy.

Got a question about free school meals? Take a look at Suffolk County Council’s FAQ page.

How to Apply

You can apply to Suffolk County Council online here.

You can get a paper application form by:

  • Requesting a form from us
  • Downloading and printing the application form from the SCC website
  • Calling us on 0345 606 6067

Once completed, you can either hand the form to us here at the Academy, or post it directly to Suffolk County Council.

Once Suffolk County Council have confirmed if your child is eligible, they will write to you and us; if they cannot confirm your eligibility they will contact you for qualifying documentation.

If your child is about to start school full-time and you already have an older child receiving a free meal, you do not need to fill in a new application form, just contact Suffolk County Council before your younger child starts school full-time.