Apply for Free School Meals
Applications for Free School Meals can be made online. Some schools and academies do not operate the online system. If your school is on the list of non-participating schools (please see bottom of this page), do not use the online form. Instead, you should contact the school and they will process your application.
West Berkshire Council processes FSM applications for most of the schools in the authority. However, there are some schools and academies that administer free school meals themselves. If your school is on the list of non-participating schools (please see bottom of this page), you should contact the school directly and they will process your application. If the council administers free school meals for your school, you can now apply online
This is the online Free School Meals Application Form.
Alternatively, contact West Berkshire Council Customer Services on 01635 503090 to fill out a form. You can also apply using the paper application form on the right.
Participating schools Process
If your school is a participating school you can either:
1. Apply on line. You can do this at any time that is convenient for you. Then wait for us to contact you the following day to inform you whether you qualify or not.
2. Telephone West Berkshire Council Customer Services on 01635 503090, and they will fill in the form for you right there and then; just have your National Insurance number ready. Then wait for us to contact you the following day to inform you whether you qualify or not.
3. You can down load the paper Application Form provided on the website, then complete and return to the address given on the application form.
Non - Participating schools Process
If your school is in the list of non-participating schools below, you will need to: contact the school. These schools administer their own Free school meals process. They will give you the non-participating schools application form which you must return to the school for processing and they will let you know the outcome.
School meals mean that your child is provided with a healthy, balanced diet incorporating all the essential 14 nutrient groups. The standards require the following:
- high-quality meat, poultry or oily fish regularly available
- at least two portions of fruit and vegetables available with every meal
- cereals and potatoes regularly available with bread
In West Berkshire we use high quality products including:
- fair-trade rice, cocoa and sugar products.
- all chicken products supplied by Red Tractor Farm Assured suppliers
- ethically sourced, free range eggs provided by a local supplier
- all Salmon and fish fingers are Marine Stewardship Council approved from Sustainable stocks
School Meals in West Berkshire also support a number of Government Initiatives
FSM LogosIn relation to the Council Plan's Strategic Aims, and the Sustainable Communities Strategy for 2011/2012, the provision of schools meals can be positioned as a positive, contributory factor to:
- ensuring that children and young people have a healthy lifestyle
- reducing the gap between the least and most healthy
Free School Meals
Free School Meals are provided to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of:
1. Income Support (IS) *
2. Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) *
3. Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (from the National Asylum Support Service);
4. Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
5. Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190; or
6. Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR))
List of non- participating schools non-participating schools,