Free school meals

Infant Free School Meals

Your child gets free school meals if they’re in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2

If you get any of the benefits listed below, your child’s school will get more funding. Apply online now if you’re entitled to make sure your child gets free school meals as they move to Year 3.

Free school meals for children in Year 3 and older

Older children may get free school meals if their parents or carers get any of these benefits:

Children will get free school meals if they meet the criteria and are in school both before and after lunchtime.

Children eligible for free school meals on or after 1 April 2018 will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022 even if your circumstances change.

Our Electronic Checking Service might be able to confirm entitlement. If not, you’ll need to show recent proof that you qualify. Meals cannot be given until eligibility is verified.

If your child attends an East Sussex school, apply to us or to the school. If your child goes to school outside the county, speak to the school.

If your child solely attends one of the following academies, apply to them using their own form:

Secondary academies:

  • King’s Academy Ringmer
  • The Eastbourne Academy

Primary academies:

  • ARK Castledown

Further information