The GOV.UK website has information about how much pupil premium funding schools receive, how they should spend it and how they are held to account.
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the follwoing:
In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows:
A pupil is only eligible to receive a free school meal when a claim for the meal has been made on their behalf and their eligibility, or protected status, has been verified by the school where they are enrolled or by the local authority.
Please note: If you have a younger child starting school in September and you are no longer eligible, they will not be protected because this would be a new claim.
First, check if you receive any of the benefits listed above (it isn't just if you are unemployed so please check the list). If you qualify, please continue to apply using one of the following options - please note the school cannot assess your eligibility or process your claim.
*It must be the person claiming the benefit that applies*
Apply via Lancashire County Council's website - click the link opposite.
Apply by Post
South Area Education Office, Level 1, Christ Church Precinct, County Hall, Preston, PR1 8RJ.
|Download, print and complete the application form on the LCC Website here and send it to
You should always let the Local Area Education Office know if any of your personal details change, and/or
If you are moving to Lancashire from another area you’ll need to make a new application. If your eligibility is protected but your circumstances have changed your your application may be refused. If this happens contact your area education office to let us know and we will tell the new school and ensure your eligibility is protected.
If your child is moving to another school in Lancashire, you do not need to reapply for free school meals. Just contact your area education office to let them know. They will tell the new school if your child is eligible for free school meals.
Children who get paid benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
From April 2022, children whose families have No Recourse to Public Funds can get free school meals if their annual income is:
If you already get free meals and your child is on work experience, you can claim for any lunches you have provided. Ask the school for details.