Free School Meals

Parents, could your child be eligible for free school meals?

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In these difficult financial times, we want to make sure you're getting all the help you're due. A lot of families don't claim free school meals even though they're entitled. That's why Derbyshire County Council has launched a campaign to encourage people to check to see if they're eligible.

You don't need to worry about other children knowing your child gets free school meals. Only the school and catering staff will know. As you know, our system is electronic so students with free school meals just automatically have their account credited, they don’t have to add any money to the account.

You could save £400 a year for each child and your children could benefit from a good hot meal at lunchtime. As a school will benefit too, students with free school meals get the pupil premium of £935 a year from the government. This can be spent on additional opportunities and support for these students. At New Mills School and Sixth Form, we use our pupil premium money in a wide variety of ways, providing support both in lessons and for extra-curricular events and trips.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you (or the young person themselves, where appropriate) get any of the following:

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of 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 HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To apply, fill in the online form here,  or download and complete the application form on this page and hand it in to school.