Free school meals are administered by Leeds City Council.Your child could be entitled if you receive one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual taxable income of no more than £16,190
Transitional Protection rules that came into effect from April 2018 mean that whilst Universal Credit is being rolled out to families in Leeds, once your child has a free school meals award in place, they will now keep it right through until they leave primary school. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit.
By making a claim for free meals with Leeds City Council you could also raise an extra £1,320 for our school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities. This additional money is called Pupil Premium and is available from central government for every child who has a free school meals award.
If you are currently claiming for help with your rent or Council Tax, Leeds City Council will already hold your details and your children will automatically be considered for free school meals without you having to fill in any further benefit application forms. This includes children who are changing schools or starting school for the first time in September.
If you do not have a current claim and would like to apply for free school meals, please visit the Council’s website:
Alternatively, if you would like help to complete the form, call 0113 222 4404 or visit any Council One Stop Centre or Community Hub and ask for assistance. Our nearest centres are:
Armley One Stop Centre, 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, Leeds LS12 1UQ
City Centre Community Hub, Merrion House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 8LX
Parents who are not charged council tax and only wish to claim for free school meals (for example if you are not the lead tenant at your address or live outside of Leeds) should complete the simplified application form, a copy of which is provided below.
Unfortunately, rising food costs combined with low income or changes to benefits are causing more people to go hungry. If you need emergency food, our nearest food banks are:
St Mark's Church, St Mark's Road, Leeds, LS2 9AF (Mondays 12.30pm to 2.30pm)
Trinity Methodist Church, Upper Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 2EP (Wednesdays 1pm to 3pm)
We also have food vouchers. Please speak to the school office.