Free School Meals

Free School Meals

How to apply

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

For every child registered, Bottisham Village College gets £935 a year and families who are currently paying for school meals will save over £400 a year.

Pupil Premium is used to provide a range of educational benefits for the pupils, which can include assistance with paying for extra-curricular activities and visits, and music lessons. Even if you do not wish your child to claim free lunches, by registering for them, you will allow the school to claim the associated Pupil Premium. No other benefits that you may be claiming are affected by this.
We would therefore like to encourage families to check whether they are eligible to receive free school meals.
Claiming free school meals has never been easier; you simply need to complete the application form provided by Cambridgeshire County Council on the right hand side of this page. Alternatively, you can complete this online at
You do not need to provide any paper proof of benefit. The system will automatically check your child's entitlement to free school meals. You will need to provide your surname, date of birth and your National Insurance number or National Asylum Seeker reference number. Once approved, Cambridgeshire County Council will check that you continue to qualify for free school meals on a regular basis, using the Secure Electronic Checking System. There is no need to reapply at the end of the school year.

Eligibility: All children who are at school under 19 at the start of the academic year (4 September 2014) and are claiming or have parents who are claiming one of the following benefits:
• Income Support or
• Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or
• Income-related employment and support allowance or
• Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 or
• Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190 or
• Guarantee element of state pension credit
• Note: Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
If you would like any assistance with claiming or wish to speak to us in confidence please contact the Finance office on Ext 244 who will be happy to help.

Julie Bentley
Finance Manager
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