Apply for free school meals (FSM)

Schools should provide meal options for all children attending school. Meals are available free of charge to:

  • all infant pupils (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) – known as universal FSM
  • pupils who meet the free school meals eligibility criteria – known as benefits-related FSM

You can apply for benefits-related FSM at any time online through the Parent Portal:

Apply online

Reasons to apply

Even if your child is currently receiving free school meals because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, you should still apply for benefits-related FSM if you think you may be eligible.

Doing so means that your child’s school will be given extra funding for six years, which can help to fund valuable teaching and learning support for your school.