Woodmanstern Primary

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Free School meals 

Primary phase Information about free school meals for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Thanks to the Mayor of London’s emergency funding, every primary school child in Lambeth will get free school meals for the 2023/2024 academic year, saving families about £440 per child.  Families who get one of the qualifying should still complete an application form for free school meals so their school will receive the valuable Pupil Premium funding


  Click on the picture to the left to check if you are eligible

Is your child entitled to free school meals?  If so, they qualify for Pupil Premium which is additional funding the school receive to spend on YOUR CHILD. (£1,320 if your child is in primary and £935 if your child is in secondary) This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed below.

 Children entitled to free school meals may then receive:

  • one free club, including 1 music lesson (as well as priority booking);
  • free or subsidised school trips (including Bushcraft and the Y6 France trip);
  • free school meals;
  • booster lessons;
  • interventions and group teaching which allow us to reduce class sizes;
  • additional resources;
  • additional learning support in a number of areas.

Your child might be eligible for Pupil Premium if you currently receive one of the following:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have 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 VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit.

Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you are eligible but you want your child to have a packed lunch you should still register because of the other benefits to your child and the school.

How do I register?
Ask the school office for a form, or download the form here. We will send this to Lambeth Council who will contact the school with the outcome of the application. If you are unsure, please do ask a member of the office staff who will be more than happy to help you.

Since Sept. 2014, all Reception, Y1 and Y2 children have qualified for free school meals, regardless of family income. But some of these children are also entitled to pupil premium and the huge benefits this brings. It is really important that we access the funding your child is entitled to.