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Free School Meals (FSM)

Did you know we get additional money in our school budget if you are registered for Free School Meals? 

If you are entitled to Free School Meals (or think you may be entitled but you are not claiming it at the moment) you can apply to Brighton & Hove City Council. Details of how to apply are listed below.

One of the ways the government decides on funding for schools is by looking at Free School Meals numbers.  We receive around an extra £1,455 into our budget per child who is registered for a free school meal. It is important, therefore, that the council and the school have figures not just for those of you who claim but also for those of you who are entitled to claim but have decided not to.

There are additional discounted services available to those in receipt of Free School Meals such as after school clubs and music lessons. Also, children can access free school holiday activity sessions (HAF) during some holidays: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/holiday-activities-and-food-haf

In this present climate where school budgets are being cut in real terms we need to ensure we are receiving all the possible funding available to us so we can continue to offer a quality education to all our children.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if your household is in receipt of any of the following:

  • Universal Credit – annual net household pay of £7,400 (£616.66 a month take-home) or less a year
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working tax Credit and have an annual gross household income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on: paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • NRPF (No Recourse to Public Funds) – contact your school or the council (details below)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

Please note: If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals.

Ways to apply
If you are in receipt of any of the above benefits you can apply online at the Brighton & Hove City Council website: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/onlinefreeschoolmeals

The council can undertake an online check for you in complete confidence - you will need to ring 01273 293497 tell them your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Seeker Number (NASS), your date of birth and your surname (as it appears on your benefit letter). No paper proof is required.

Or you can complete the form below:

Free School Meals application form


It will really support funding for the school if all entitlements are registered.


If you have any questions about Free School Meals, please email the School Office admin@aldrington.brighton-hove.sch.uk