Apply for free school meals/pupil premium


Reception class, Year 1, and Year 2

All children starting school in the reception class, Year 1, or Year 2 will get a free meal at school regardless of income. This includes academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.

You do not need to apply for free school meals if your child meets the above criteria. However if you are on a low income you should still apply so that your child’s school can claim the Pupil Premium. This is extra money paid direct to schools for each child who is eligible for free school meals due to the household being on a low income. It is used to support your child’s education.

School nursery, junior classes in Years 3 to 6, and secondary school

Parents of children attending school nursery, junior classes in Years 3 to 6, or at secondary school, will have to pay for school meals, unless they meet the eligibility criteria listed below. If your child qualifies for free school meals you can save up to £10 a week or £390 a year.

It doesn’t matter where you live as long as your child goes to school in Hackney. To qualify, your child must be in school and you must be getting one of the following benefits:

A child over 16 getting any of these benefits is also eligible to receive free school meals.

Asylum seekers

Asylum seekers can apply for free school meals if they have a NASS number.

How to apply

If your child attends a school in Hackney, the Hackney Citizens Portal is the quickest way to apply and confirm your child's eligibility for free school meals/pupil premium.

After you have completed your application and if you are found eligible we will send a notification to the school.

You only have to apply once for each child. If you are not eligible now we will continue to check your details for future entitlement against information held by the Department for Education.

If your child attends a school in another borough, you will have to make enquiries at the school to find out how you apply for free school meals.


Pupil Benefits

020 8820 7000
This page was last modified on: 30 Oct 2018