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Free School Meals

If your child attends our school, and you get one or more of the following you can get free school meals:

  • Universal Credit, and your annual household income is £7,400 per annum (£616 per month) or less after tax, and not including any benefits.
  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999 
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income is less than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC 
  • Guaranteed Pension Credit 
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


Currently, all children in Key Stage 1 receive free school meals, but if you meet the above criteria, you should still apply as it provides the school with additional funding.


Apply online and see the additional criteria and advice on Worcestershire County Council website.


Children in receipt of free school meals also have access to the HAF programme. HAF is a Department for Education (DfE) funded programme aimed at enabling children and young people in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM) to attend school holiday activities and experiences during Easter, summer and Christmas. 


If you are going through a difficult time, Malvern Hills Foodbank has an emergency three day food pack service that you can access through a referral system.

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