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Applying for Free School Meals

Applying for Free School Meals

School meals for all children in Reception and Yrs 1 & 2 are free, regardless of your household income.


However, the government gives the school an additional £1,300 Pupil Premium funding for every child, in either key stage, who qualifies for Free School Meals because their parents/carers are in receipt of any of these benefits: 


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit.


Pupil Premium money is used for individually targeted support for your child's education.


Hillcrest also gives children on Pupil Premium 20% reduction on the cost of all school trips and visits.


It's easy to find out whether you qualify - click here to go straight to the website where you will get an immediate answer. If you would like help with your application please contact the school office. 


Please apply for Free Schools Meals if you think you may be eligible, even if you choose not to order meals for your child, so that Hillcrest gets this money and your child benefits from the funding.