Applying for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium


School Meals and Free School Meals

Your child can get free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • income support or jobseeker’s allowance (income-based)
  • employment support allowance (income-related)
  • Universal Credit
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • child tax credit only (provided you are not entitled to working tax credit and your annual income is below £16,190)
  • working tax credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit).

You could save up to £400 a year if your child gets free school meals and it will mean they get a healthy school lunch every day. Since September 2014, all children in reception, year one and year two are also entitled to free school meals.


You can apply online through the Lewisham Council website please click here


Free school meals for children in Reception , Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2014

All pupils in the above year groups (or infant classes) will be able to receive a school meal at no cost to their parent/carer. This is known as Universal Free School Meals and is a government initiative from September 2014.

Although children in the infants (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 one and Year 2) do not pay for school meals it is important that you still register for free school meals if you are eligible. This is because schools are able to claim a Pupil Premium of up to £1300 per child on free school meals to make sure each school’s budget matches it’s community’s needs.

Families eligible for free school meals or Pupil Premium may also be offered reduced rates for extras such as clubs, educational visits and school journeys. Pupil Premium funding or Free School Meals are for all families with a joint family income of less than £16,190 a year. Make sure you apply today or ask in the school office for help or information.


St Saviour’s School Meals

Our school meals provided by Chartwells are healthy and tasty and  are freshly prepared every day using high quality ingredients. Chartwells provide menus that are accredited by the Soil Association and meet the Silver Food for Life Standard. Meat and vegetarian options are available every day, and children who have other dietary needs are catered for where a menu is agreed in advance. This can include religious, cultural or allergy and/or intolerance diets. Further information on school meals and the current school menus are available from the school office or at