Free School Meals

Registering your Entitlement Online

Please register all primary and secondary aged pupils (including those in Reception, year 1 and year 2) for free school meals if you are in receipt of qualifying benefits. Registration will attract additional funding for your child's school for Pupil Premium (£1,320 per Primary pupil and £935 per Secondary pupil for the financial year 2018@parentID09).

You can register your entitlement for Free School Meals - Eligible by Benefit (EBB) if:


  • You have children who attend a school in Bath and North East Somerset, or The Mendip School, Shepton Mallet, and
  • You are in receipt of any of the qualifying benefits listed below.

Qualifying benefits for Free School Meals:


  • Universal Credit with annual Take Home Pay/ Net Earnings below £7,400 (which equals £616,67 per month) benefits not included
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, without any Working Tax Credit, and an annual household income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that is not more than £16,190
  • Run-on Working Tax Credit which is only paid for 4 weeks after you STOP qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Register for Free School Meals

Other ways to Register

Telephone registration

Call the Free School Meals helpline on 01225 394317 to make a telephone registration. We will need you to tell us your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seeker Support Number when you call.

Download and complete the Free School Meals Registration Form


  • email it back to us at freeschoolmeals@bathnes.gov.uk
  • post it to: People & Communities Finance, Free School Meals, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Please note that the Local Authority will check your eligibility to qualifying benefits on your behalf using the DFE online Free School Meal Eligibility Checking Service. Your National Insurance or National Asylum Seeker Support Number and Date of Birth must be completed clearly and accurately.

Click to download the Free School Meals Registration Form

Changes in circumstance

If any of the following changes in circumstances occur, please advise the Free School Meal team:

  • if an additional child is starting school
  • if you move house (please also tell the school(s))
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