Free School Meals

Do you know anyone who is entitled to FREE School Meals? 

The Government gives 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 at Chichester High School the school receives £935 this year.

With this money we could improve and update the resources your child is able to use in school. If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with costs of school trips.

Please register ASAP 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 below.
     
  2. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, the school’s Finance Office or click here to go directly to the online application at  West Sussex County Council.
     
  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 £350 a year), extra benefits and the school gets £623 extra.
     
  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 £623 extra.

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:

Income Support

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

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.

The Free School Meals and Pupil Premium application can be found here