Free School Meals (FSM) & Universal Free School Meals (UIFSM)
All children in Key Stage 1, regardless of circumstances, are entitled to UIFSM. We would however, encourage all parents to check their eligibility for free school meal status, if you feel you may be eligible, even whilst in receipt of UIFSM. This not only helps support the school's funding, but it will also mean a seamless transition between KS1 and KS2 for those people who are eligible for FSM. We also encourage parents to check their eligibility if their circumstances change.
We understand that the unprecedented situation which we are in will mean that some families find themselves in unexpected need. If you are not eligible for FSM or UIFSM but need some assistance please email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our upmost to support you and your family.
Free School Meal Eligibility
The Free School Meals Department at Cornwall Council are continuing to process new applications for Free School Meals. To apply, please complete the online application through this link:
They are not currently accepting applications in hard copy by post. If you are unable to apply online, please call the Free School Meals team on 01872 323298 and a member of the team will call you back to complete the application over the phone. Please make sure your phone will accept calls from a private / withheld number.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you, or the child themselves in their own right, receives of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support (IS)
- Job Seekers' Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
- Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Support
- Universal Credit - Your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods
If you are claiming the benefits listed below you are NOT eligible for free school meals, regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed:
- Working Tax Credit
- Contribution-Based Job Seeker's Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance
However, you will be temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run-on, which is the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.