Free School Meals?
We strongly urge families who are in receipt of Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR)), support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit or Child Tax Credits to apply for free meals even if your child does not want to have them immediately. You may wish to have the option on a future date when the weather gets colder or even if we have a special menu day such as Chinese New Year for example.
To be eligible for free school meals the parents/guardians of any pupil must:
live in the Sefton area;
attend a state-maintained school or be receiving alternative education approved by the LEA; and
the family receives one of the following benefits:
How do I apply for free school meals?
If you meet the above criteria and who wish to apply for free school meals please contact the School Admissions and Pupil Support Section on 0151 934 3456 or www.sefton.gov.uk for a B1 application form. Or click on the link below.
How often do I have to apply?
You should apply when you first start to receive benefit. Your eligibility will be reviewed towards the end of the summer term and a renewal application form will be sent to you automatically.
The schools concerned will be notified directly by the LA that your child/children can have a school meal free of charge.
What if my circumstances change?
You should notify the School Admissions and Pupil Support Section direct of any changes: