Free School Meals Application

Are You Eligible?

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:

All pupils who become eligible until 31 March 2025 will remain so until the end of the phase of education they are in as of that date irrespective of change in financial circumstances or carers. You can voluntarily withdraw your child from FSM but this does not invalidate the protection. From September 2025, rolling re-checks will happen on a yearly basis as Year 6 pupils move into secondary.

Protection will stop from 1 April 2025, all newly eligible children from then will undergo periodic checks, which will be confirmed nearer the time.

If you think that you might eligible for free school meals then please download and complete this application form. Any problems or queries please email

For more information about Free School Meals and eligibility please go to:


Students receiving free school meals get a daily allowance of £2.40 put onto their school account. This can not be carried over to the following day. It can be used at break or lunch. 


Please look at the canteen page on our website here to see what is available for £2.40 – this will buy you a main meal.


Other support that is available:

Woodley Foodbank – this operates from Emmanuel Church, Southlake Crescent. You can contact them using either or on 07806658995

Waingels Support & Enquiries- 

First Days - First Days reduces the long term effect of poverty on children by equipping them with the essential items they need for their early years and at school. You can contact them here or on 01189 219 338.

Woodley Lunch Bunch – Supports with lunches in the school holidays. You can contact them here.

Wokingham Borough Council Holiday, activities and food programme – Provide a range of support in the school holidays. For full details, including how to book a place, see the website.

Wokingham Citizens’ Advice - We want to ensure that no-one feels left behind – no matter what you’re facing – our team are here to help you access the support available. This could include our advice and information on welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment law amongst other areas, or helping you to access services from other charities and services in the Borough to meet your needs.

Anderson Baptist Church- Tuesday 10am – 12pm, 6-8 Amherst Road, Earley, Reading,Berkshire.UK. RG6 1NU  0118 376 1079

Woodley Baptist Church- Everyday 9am -12.30pm Hurricane Way, Woodley, Reading RG5 4UX 0118 969 9956

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