Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are offered universal free school meals. This is regardless of your household income.
You do not have to apply for universal free school meals. However, you can apply for your school to get extra funding from the government, if you receive certain benefits:
Children in Year 3 and above only receive free school meals if you get certain benefits. You must apply for these free school meals.
To be eligible, you must get one of the following benefits:
If you think you are eligible, download and complete the application form below and return it to your child's school. Alternatively, ask your child's school for a copy.
Once your entitlement has been checked, your child will receive free school meals. These will continue until you stop receiving a qualifying benefit. You must let us or the school know of any changes that affect eligibility. We will also carry out regular checks of entitlement.
If your child is eligible for free school meals but does not want them, you should still apply and return an application form so your child's school gets extra funding from the government.
The entitlement to free school meals continues for children transferring between schools in Norfolk. This is subject to parents continuing to receive qualifying benefits. Records are updated using data held by the school admissions team.
Parents of children transferring to schools outside of Norfolk, should apply to the county council where the new school is situated.
Additional information and guidance can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions about school meals and menus.
The cost of a fixed price, two-course school meal and the value of a free school meal (see further details below) is £2.30.
Adult meals are charged as follows:
A wide variety of food is provided. Much of it is additive free and low in salt and sugar. This enables pupils to have a balanced meal. The menus are varied and designed to appeal to children.
If your child attends a primary or junior school with a self-service cafeteria, pupils can choose from a menu of individually priced items. The menu is on display in school so that pupils can choose what they would like to eat.
Copies of menus are available from the school.
Special diets can be provided for medical or religious reasons. If your child requires a special diet, you should give details to the school, including any recommendations. A letter from your child’s doctor should accompany any requests for special diets on medical grounds.
Copies of menus and price lists are available from the school.
Pupils bringing packed lunches to school are provided with a chair and a table at which to eat their meal. Cutlery and crockery are not provided and therefore children wishing to have a drink should bring their own cups. Drinking water is available.
In the interests of hygiene and safety, parents are asked to co-operate with the school in the provision of packed lunches. Lunches should be packed in leakproof containers. Canned drinks, vacuum ﬂasks and glass bottles should be avoided. Parents are advised that packed lunches are not refrigerated at school.
All maintained primary, infant, junior and secondary schools are legally required to make milk available for drinking during school hours.
Children age 5-11 years can get a standard carton of milk for 20p.