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Dogsthorpe Academy

Free School Meals


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From September 2014, there will be a statutory requirement for schools in England to provide free school meals to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Whilst all pupils in these year groups will be provided with a free school meal, it is important that, if you think you are eligible to receive a free school meal, you continue to apply to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Existing entitlements to free school meals for disadvantaged pupils in nursery classes and at Key Stages 2-4 will continue as they do now, based on the existing free school meals eligibility criteria:

  • 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 they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after parents stop qualifying for the Working Tax Credit

Cambridgeshire County Council, Education Welfare Benefits Service are the free school meal (FSM) entitlement provider for our school.  

To assist with their service, we would be grateful if you could complete a FSM application form if you are currently eligible for free school meals, or feel that you may be eligible.  This will allow them to gather the necessary information they need to carry out the checks and provide us with the most up to date information regarding your entitlement.  

Making an application is quick and simple to do using the online application form at selecting “no” when asked if you have had a previous claim. 

If you do not have internet access you can give the Team a call on 01223 703200, and they can send you a form to complete by post. Paper forms should be returned to;  

Education Welfare Benefits Team, (Free School Meals) 

Cambridgeshire County Council  

OCT 1222 

Shire Hall