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Free School Meals

Students whose parent(s), carer(s), guardian(s) or students who get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, are eligible for free school meals when they receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit only (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income does not exceed £16,190)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

The school meal consists of a main meal, drink (not juice) and a dessert at lunchtime.

Signing up for free school meals does not mean that your child must have a school meal five days a week. You can choose to provide a packed lunch on some days, if preferred.

How to apply

Applications are made directly to Hertfordshire Education Benefits Team. Please be aware that the Benefits Team will require your National Insurance Number to progress the application.

  • Telephone: 0300 123 4048 (Monday to Friday from 8am-8pm & Saturday from 9am-4pm)
  • Online: Visit Herts Direct - Free School Meals. This is the easiest way to apply and takes only a few minutes to completion the application. You will know immediately if your application has been successful and Westfield Academy will also be informed at the same time.