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Free school meals - infants

From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals. This includes infant pupils in maintained infant and primary schools, free schools, academies, schools for pupils with special educational needs and pupil referral units.

Extra funding for your child's education

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the achievement level of pupils. This means your child's school will receive an additional £1,300 every year for six years from the Government to support their education if your child would have been entitled to free school meals because of your family income. This money must be spent on your child, but it is for the school to decide how it is spent. The school's website will provide information on how the school chooses to use the premium to improve achievement.

We are asking all parents and carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 whose children attend school in Waltham Forest to complete a universal infant free school meals form and return it to their child's school. We will then be able to confirm throughout the year whether the school is entitled to the additional pupil premium funding for your child.


Please follow the link below to see if your child is entitled to Free School Meals.