Free School Meals (FSM)
Universal Free School Meals (UFSM)
From September 2023, all primary school aged children will receive Free School Meals for a year. Please see letter below from Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
However, this will not entitle you to the food vouchers given to parents during school holidays. Therefore, we are asking that you still apply for Free School Meals as this will also provide the school with extra funding.
How to apply for Free School Meals (FSM)
If you or your partner are unemployed or work part time, you could be entitled to Free School Meals. You must apply by completing an online application form. You will only need to apply once, and Hackney Education will check your entitlement against information held by the Department for Education (DfE) on a regular basis so you don’t have to renew your application every year, or provide proof of your entitlement.
If you are eligible, you will be entitled to the following benefits:-
- Free school lunch
- E-voucher per child, during school holidays
- Free or discounted spaces at some school holiday playschemes
- £100 uniform grant before your child transitions to Secondary School
After you have completed your application you will receive an email to confirm your eligibility, You can then bring this into the school office as proof of your entitlement. Hackney Education will also send out a notification to us here at school confirming your child’s Free School Meals (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility.
If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you do not pay for your child’s school meal as you qualify for the Universal Free School Meals, but you will not be entitled to the above benefits.
Please find further information about applying for Free School Meals here.