Free school meals
School dinners are now FREE for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However we ask that all families that are eligible to apply for free school meals as the school receives significant additional funding for each of these pupils that is then used to enhance provision.
A website is now available where parents/carers where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and, if eligible, also gain some additional funding for the school, known as 'Pupil Premium'. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to benefit all children.
Please click on the link below to see if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.
If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.
What the service does for parents:
After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives and immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.
This system Is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parent s who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.
By way of a ‘thank you’ to parents for taking part, and regardless of individual outcomes, The London Grid for Learning (LGFL) would like to provide parents of children attending LGFL-connected school with Sophos Anti-Virus software, free of charge, to protect the computers used by pupils at home.
To gain access to this software there is a short registration process which will also give you access, if required, to other LGFL services and benefits that are available to your child’s school. Please be assured there is no catch, no cost and no advertising. LGFL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.
Please visit www.fsm.lgfl.net enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative.
Enfield's free school meals application form
Free school meals
Children in reception, year 1 or year 2
All children in reception, year 1 or year 2 will be able to receive a free school meal. Choosing a school lunch for your child will save up to £400 per year. You must register your child for free school meals during the summer term to ensure the school receives extra funding.
In order for Enfield to plan for your child and our schools for September, you will need to complete a registration form which is available from your child’s school.
Children in year 3 or above
If your child is in year 3 or above, to be eligible for free school meals the parent or carer must receive one of the following:
- income support
- income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
Children who get any of the above benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
To apply, complete our application form (PDF) and email email@example.com. You can also post a signed copy to:
ESAS and Free School Meals
You do not need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit your form, however we may write to you for further information or to request certain evidence.