Free school meals, eligibility and how to apply

Read the following to see if your child is eligible for free school meals, if they are then follow the link below to sign up. It’s a straightforward and completely anonymous process.

  • Children and young people who live in Kirklees can apply for free school meals if they:
    • attend full time at a local authority school or sixth form
    • are under 19 years of age

    and their parents or carers receive one or more of the following:

    • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
    • Income support
    • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit, but are not entitled to a Working Tax Credit and your annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) is less than £16,190
    • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Select “Apply online now” and you will be redirected to the Kirklees application form.

Additional Information

  • The process should take no longer than 10 minutes.
  • To complete this form you will need both you and your partner’s National Insurance Number or NASS (National Asylum Support Service) number.
After you have applied
  • We will be contacted 48 hours after your application is complete to determine when your child’s free school meal entitlement will begin. 
  • Kirklees will send you a letter usually within 5 working days confirming the start date.
Contact free school meals

Email: or Tel: 01484 221000

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