Apply for free school meals

If you are getting certain benefits or are on a low income, you could be eligible to apply for free school meals. 

Government funded schools offer free school meals without the need to make an application for pupils in:

  • reception
  • year 1
  • year 2

If you're eligible for free school meals, you can apply to get funding for your child’s school through Pupil Premium.

 Apply for free school meals 

Check if you're eligible 

You may be eligible to receive free school meals and funding for your child’s school through the pupil premium if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit and your household annual gross income less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on
  • Universal Credit
  • support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

No Recourse to Public Funds

Free school meals will be permanently extended to all families affected by No Recourse to Public Funds, from the start of the 2022 summer term (19 April 2022). 

This is subject to the following income and capital thresholds: 

  • £22,700 per annum for families outside London with one child
  • £31,200 per annum for families within London with one child
  • £26,300 per annum for families outside London with two or more children
  • £34,800 per annum for families within London with two or more children
  • Capital/Savings threshold of £16,000

Information to help you apply

If you do not have the internet at home, you can go to your local library or come to the Civic Offices and use one of our free computers.

School place allocations

If you have recently been notified about your child’s school place (either for Primary or Secondary), do not apply for free school meals until your child has actually started at the school, or is about to. 

Applications made before starting school in September will be refused and you’ll be asked to reapply nearer the start of the autumn term. 

This doesn’t apply to:

  • a child who attends a Local Authority maintained school nursery across the lunchtime period and will be moving into reception in September 
  • any child moving to or starting a new school midterm

Entitlement for these children will begin on the day their free school meals application was made.

Out of Borough Schools

If you live in Sutton but your child attends a school that is outside of the borough, please contact the Council where your child attends school. 

Part-time pupils

Part-time pupils are not entitled to free school meals. It only applies to children who are receiving education before and after the lunch period. 

Home-schooled children 

If a child is not enrolled in a school they are not entitled to free school meals. 

If you need support, please contact the Cognus Inclusion Coordinator by email or call 07508 993068.

After you’ve submitted your application

  1. once your application is received, your details will be checked against the Department for Education database
  2. if you’re eligible, your child’s details will be passed to the school 
  3. the school will arrange for your child to receive free school meals and for the school to receive the Pupil Premium funding

You don’t need to re-apply once free school meals have been awarded. You’ll only need to re-apply if your child has moved schools or you have had a change in your financial circumstances. 

You can email us with any changes or enquiries. 

Participating schools

We accept Free school meal applications for the following schools:

This list is valid as of 1 July 2022.

  • Abbey Primary School
  • All Saints Benhilton Primary
  • All Saint’s Carshalton
  • Bandon Hill Meadow Field Primary
  • Bandon Hill Woodfield Primary
  • Bandon Hill Oak Field Primary
  • Brookfield Primary School
  • Carshalton Boys Sports College
  • Cheam Common Infants School
  • Cheam Common Juniors
  • Cheam Fields Primary
  • Cheam High School
  • Cheam Park Farm Infants
  • Cheam Park Farm Juniors
  • Culvers House Primary School
  • Dorchester Primary School
  • Forester’s
  • Glenthorne High School
  • Greenshaw High School
  • Green Wrythe Primary School
  • Hackbridge Primary School
  • Harris Academy Sutton
  • Highview Primary
  • Holy Trinity
  • Manor Park Primary
  • Muschamp Primary 
  • Nonsuch High School
  • Oaks Park High School
  • Overton Grange
  • Robin Hood Infants School
  • Robin Hood Junior School
  • Sherwood Park (Hill Campus) School
  • Sherwood Park School
  • St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School 
  • St Dunstan’s
  • St Elphege’s Infants
  • St Elphege’s Juniors
  • St Mary’s Infants
  • St Mary’s Juniors
  • Stanley Park Junior School
  • Sutton Tuition & Reintegration Service (STARS)
  • The John Fisher School
  • Tweeddale Primary
  • Victor Seymour Infants
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Wandle Valley
  • Westbourne Primary School

If the school is not listed, you need to apply to the school directly.