Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
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:
If your child is eligible, they will remain so until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022. This may change if you stop receiving asylum support or Pension Credit. You'll need to contact us so we can re-check your eligibility.
You can apply if your child attends school within Walsall borough, whether you live inside or outside the borough.
If you live in Walsall but your child goes to school outside the borough, you’ll need to find out which local authority the school is in. Apply with that authority, or directly to the school.
The government has temporarily extended eligibility to include children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
If you are in one of these groups you should phone 0300 555 2855 to apply.
All infant age pupils (reception, year 1 and year 2) will automatically receive a school meal free of charge if they're in a government-funded school.
Even if you don’t want your child to have the free school meal, you should still apply. The extra funding your school receives for each eligible child will be used to help your child. This works out at £1,345 for reception up to year 6, and £955 for year 7 to year 11.
Early years pupil premium is additional funding of up to £302 available for early years providers to help your child.
Your early years provider may be able to get this funding if you get any of the following: