Free School Meals



Applying for a Free School Meal Award (Year3 to Year 6 Pupils)

(For Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Pupils please see "Universal Infant Free School Meals" information at bottom of this page.)

Firstly, please ensure that you qualify, by checking the "Who is Eligible" information below.

You will then need to complete an Application Form (see below) in black ink and using block capitals.  You should ensure that you have signed the form and then either bring it back to the school office or post it straight to:


Pupil Benefits Service
PO Box 56
Civic Centre
Silver Street


Unfortunately any forms that are not signed will be returned and will lead to a delay in the free school meal being given. 

Click on the link below to download the Free School Meals Application Form:

(Forms can be also obtained from the school, the Pupil Benefits Service or via the Enfield Council Website.)


Who is Eligible?

Free School Meals can be awarded to children who attend a state maintained school in Lonodon Borough of Enfield on a full time basis.

In order to be eligible the parent/carer should be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Assisted as an Asylum Seeker under part 6 of the Immigration Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit only, and have an annual income of less than
    £16,190 (this figure is updated each year from 6th April)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit. 

Please note that if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credits you will not be entitled to free school meals for your child/children unless your entitlement to Working Tax Credit is being paid to you in the four-week period after your employment has ceased or you have started to work less than 16 hours per week.  If this is the case then a free school meal can be provided for that four-week period once you provide your Tax Credit Decision Notice from HMRC.


Is Evidence of Benefit Entitlement Required?

You do not need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit your form.  We will check your entitlement to a free school meal using the Department for Education's Eligibility Checking Service (ECS). 

You must ensure therefore, that all the details that you give on the form are accurate and clearly written. Occasionally we might write to you to request certain evidence.

Please note that we are under a duty to protect public funds. Information provided may therefore be used for the prevention and detection of fraud, or shared with other bodies that are responsible for auditing or administering public funds if this is required by law.

For more information about Free School Meals please contact London Borough of Enfield directly by phone on:  020 8379 5367.



Universal Infant Free School Meals (For Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Pupils)

Since September 2014, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been offered a free school meal at no cost to parents and carers. Our meals are healthy, tasty, social and fun and by choosing to let your child have a school meal, you could save up to £400 a year.

In order for Enfield to plan for your child and our schools for September, you will need to complete a registration form and return it to your child's school during the Summer Term. The school will make arrangements for you to get a copy of the registration form or alternatively, you can download it by clicking on the link below:


(Forms can be also obtained from the school, the Pupil Benefits Service or via the Enfield Council Website.)