Free school meals in Hampshire

Since September 2104, all children in Key Stage 1 have been entitled to Universal Free School Meals.

However, for some of those children, schools will also be able to claim Pupil Premium, which will help provide further support for those children.  The criteria is the same as the current free school meal criteria and will continue to apply for Key Stage 2 onwards (see below).

A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and HC3S has an online system for this.

You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.

Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive 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
  • 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
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

For more information about free meals in Hampshire, please contact HC3S on 023 8062 9388.