Free School Meals

If you are receiving certain benefits, a FREE tasty and nutritious school meal is available for your children at Riverside Primary BUT YOU MUST APPLY!

Even if you do not think you are eligible, still return the completed form as it will pick up any changes in your circumstance automatically throughout your time at Riverside.

Look at the benefits:

 A free school meal for your child, which is good for their health and could help their learning.

  • Savings for you, worth over £350 a year.
  • Extra money for the school through Pupil Premium, worth approximately £1,320 a year. This could mean more than £9,000 in extra resources for your child whilst they are at Riverside.

 Do you qualify?

 Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax

Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM

Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.  
If you don’t want your child to have a free school meal they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify, and are registered, the school still gets the extra money.
 
You can apply by clicking on this link or you can complete a paper form and hand it into school. A copy of the form is available to download at the top of this page, or you can get a paper copy from the school office.