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School place allocations
If you have recently been notified about your child’s school place (either for Primary or Secondary), please 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 Local Authority where your child attends school.
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.
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
Looked After Children
There is no automatic entitlement to Free School Meals for looked after children, including those in care, fostered, previously looked after children and recently adopted children.
If you wish to apply please refer to the eligibility criteria listed above.
However, all of the above children would qualify for the Looked after Child Pupil Premium. Please contact your child's school if you have any queries regarding this premium.