Free School Meals


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Free school meals  

In England and Scotland, all children in the first 3 years of primary school can receive Free School Meals regardless of family income. For older children and all children in Wales and Northern Ireland, eligibility for free school meals is dependent on family income.  

You can review the criteria for each location and click through to apply here:   

Free School Meals Criteria

You can also use this eligibility checker to find out whether your child qualifies for Free School Meals:  

Eligibility Checker

Free School Meals for low-income migrant children

During Covid-19, Free School Meals have been temporarily extended to children from groups with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).  

These groups are:  

  • children of Zambrano carers

  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

Find out if you're eligible and apply here