Free school meals
Free school meals are administered by Devon County Council for all Devon maintained schools. We are also responsible through a traded agreement for free school meals with Devon academies.
These pages are designed to keep schools up to date with the latest news and information on free school meals.
08.09.2017 – To apply for Free School Meals please go to the Citizen Portal which is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in an instant decision.
08.09.2017 – All Free School Meals lists have been sent to all schools for the start of the Autumn Term.
04.07.2017 – Please note the latest Free School Meals School Communications bulletin published today Citizen Portal for Free School Meals
- Universal infant free school meals
You will be aware that the Government introduced universal infant free school meals for all key stage 1 pupils from September 2014. All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for Universal Infant Free school meals. This will include academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provisions as well as maintained schools.
Existing entitlements to free school meals for disadvantaged pupils in nursery Classes and at key stages 2-4 will continue as now, based on the existing free school meals eligibility criteria. For further information please visit the following links:
Childrens Food Trust – All infant and primary Schools looking for support to deliver infant free school meals can get advice right now on 0800 680 0080 – The Children’s Food Trust.
- Applying for free school meals
Through the Citizen Portal which is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision.
- Qualifying benefits
Parents/carers in receipt of the following support payments will be entitled to receive free school meals:
- Income-based and contribution-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis
- Income Support (IS)
- Income based jobseekers allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-related employment and support allowance (IRESA)
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.
- Pupil premium
Pupil premium is additional funding from the government for schools. Student’s eligible – based on the existing free school meals criteria – can attract this funding. Parents and guardians with children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at a Devon school may be asked to complete a free school meal application form to check entitlement.
For further information regarding Pupil premium please visit Pupil premium for schools
We appreciate how important it is that pupils within KS1 are still recorded as eligible for Free School Meals, ensuring Pupil Premium funding is granted.
For further information regarding KS1 Pupil premium for parents please refer to our New starter pupil premium page.
- Free school meal lists
Updated Free School Meal lists are sent to Schools using the Government secure email system Egress, on a termly basis.
The Free School Meal Team will continue to notify you by email of any changes. In order to ensure accurate audit of qualifying Free School Meal students, we recommend that you manually update your Devon County Council Free School Meal list without delay. Please ensure all authorised / cancelled claims are recorded / annotated accordingly.
- Applying for free school meals