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Free school meals

If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, please complete the form below (click on the link below). Alternatively you can complete the online form on the Brighton and Hove Council website (see below).

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Free School Meals

BHCC – Free school meals application form

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children, who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, may also get free school meals.

Working Tax Credit
If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals.

Unsure if you are eligible for free school meals?
Brighton & Hove City Council can undertake an online check for you in complete confidence – you will need to tell them your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Seeker Number (NASS), your date of birth and your surname (as it appears on your benefit letter)

To contact BHCC directly, call the Free School Meals team on(01273) 293497.

What happens if your financial situation changes?

Your child’s school will continue to receive the funding for the next six years.

Financial Assistance

It is the school policy to offer financial assistance in particular circumstances, generally to those students eligible for Free School Meals. In cases of financial hardship, parents will be offered the provision to pay a proportion of the cost in instalments, if you are unable to pay the full amount. The level of assistance will be decided on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions about pupil premium funding, free school meals or financial assistance please contact your child’s Head of Year.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Who is eligible?

Your child may be eligible if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit only (with income up to £16,190) with no element of Working Tax Credit
  • National Asylum Seekers Support
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit (income dependent)

Or if your child:

  • Has been in local-authority care for one day or more in England or Wales
  • Has been adopted from care in England or Wales
  • Has left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales.

How the money will benefit your child

We will continue to use the Pupil Premium funding to support students to raise standards and attainment. The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:

Teaching Staff- To employ and train teaching staff to offer support in improving reading ages, and in improving their literacy and numeracy skills.

Coaching/Mentoring – To provide additional support in order to help students achieve their full potential.

Student Support – To support pupils’ attendance, self-esteem and attitudes to learning.

Wider Curriculum Experience – To enhance the curriculum and to ensure that all students are able to participate in all educational activities off site. To engage in all enrichment activities including university trips, motivational speakers and activities such as disability awareness.