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Free School Meals

Free School Meals

The school meal costs £2 for the children who pay.

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered KIRKBY CE gets £488 this year.

With this money we could employ additional support staff to reduce pupil adult ratios further; or improve our IT equipment.

If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get a clothing grant, free milk if your child is under 7 years old and If your child is aged 8 or above, and eligible for free school meals they could apply to see if they are eligible for free school transport by telephoning our contact centre on 0151 443 2500 or calling into one of our One Stop Shops.

Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.

How does it work?

1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please

    look at the list on the next page.

2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Knowsley Council Benefits Service on 0151 443 4042 or visit you local One Stop Shop to complete an application form or look on the following web site.


3. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s
    great – they will get the free meal (saving you more that £300 a year), and possibly additional benefits and the school receives additional funding.

4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can
    continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the
    school still gets extra funding if registration is by 13 January 2012.

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Please talk to us about registering your child today.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

Pupils can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves. Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.

Most local authorities in Merseyside will assess entitlement to Free School Meals at the same time as they calculate entitlement to Housing and Council Tax Benefit so if you receive these benefits you should not have to make a separate claim.

Remember, even if you live with family and/or friends if you are responsible for children of school age and are receiving one of the benefits listed above your children could receive Free School Meals.