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Are you entitled to claim free school meals?

If, in these unfortunate times, your family circumstances change, you may be able to claim for Free School Meals for your child.


You are eligible if you receive one of the following –

Income Support

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance

Child Tax Credit – most recent award notice with no Working Tax Credit AND an annual income not exceeding £16,190

Universal Credit - from 1 April 2018 provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods

Please Note: Eligibility for FSM cannot be determined until you have received your first Universal Credit statement or entitlement letter. We have been informed by DWP that they may take up to 6 weeks to process your first/new claim.


Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act.

The direct link to Plymouth City Council with additional information is on the link below –

https://plymouth-self.achieveservice.com/en/AchieveForms/?form_uri=sandbox-publish://AF-Process-90d2ae74-ba7e-4e17-8498-f6fe1ced1a94/AF-Stage-c652eef5-d2a7-4c76-a28f-892b5ae806d8/definition.json&redirectlink=%2Fen&cancelRedirectLink=%2Fen&consentMessage=yes

The College will receive an automatic notification if your application has been successful and your child will be able to receive free school meals from that point. Students receiving free school meals use the same cashless ‘finger’ system as all other students as this is safe and confidential.



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