Free School Meals
You may be entitled to receive free school meals. If you are entitled to free school meals, your child will be given a free school meal card.
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:
• Income Support
• Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
• Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
• Child Tax Credit if your taxable income is less than £16,190 and you do not receive Working Tax Credit
• The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
• Support from the National Asylum Support Service
If you receive Working Tax Credit you are not eligible to claim for free school meals unless:
• you have stopped work in the last four weeks; or
• you have reduced your hours to less than 16 hours a week in the last four weeks
Any pupils receiving Income Support or Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance in their own right are also eligible for free school meals.
How to apply
You can pick up a Free School Meals Application Form from our recception or request one by calling 020 7837 0739. You can also download a copy
Once the form has been fully completed and signed, it needs to be returned to:
London N1 9QG
as soon as possible so that it can be processed.
All year 11 pupils applying for the 16-19 bursary fund to help with their year 12 place in sixth form will need to complete a free school meals application form in order to apply for the bursary. The 16-19 bursary is the new fund that has replaced EMA.
The importance of free school meals
Applying for free school meals is very important because the amount of money that EGA receives from central government depends on the number of children registered as entitled to free school meals. For every registered child, the school receives an additional £488 to spend on extra resources such as extracurricular activities and support for its pupils. This is called the ‘Pupil Premium’.
The government has also stated that it is keen for universities to actively recruit pupils that have previously received free school meals so it is important that those eligible for free school meals do register for them.
For further information please visit the Islington Council website
and search for ‘free school meals’ or contact the Free School Meals Team on 020 7527 5483 or 020 7527 4336.