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Eligibility for free school meal entitlement is provided for parents who are in receipt of certain support payment.

The relevant support payments are:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR))
  • Support under Part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) with an annual income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) not exceeding £16,190

Please note: Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also eligible to receive free school lunches.


  • Meal of the Day (Set main meal, pudding, drink)
  • Or anything up to the value of £2.45
  • £2.45 will automatically go onto pupils TAGS each day, the balance does not transfer to the next day if not spent
  • Any breaktime purchase will be taken off the daily balance.
  • For anonymity reasons, when any pupil presents a TAG to the kitchen till their balance will not appear, only the pupils name.  The pupil can check their balance on the cash loading machine or by asking a member of the kitchen staff.