Free School Meals

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits/support payments:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job seekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Young people who receive Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right may also be eligible to recieve FSM

Your child will also need to be attending school full time. In order for your child to receive free school meals , you will need to fill out an application form either online by visiting www.caerphilly.gov.uk and typing free school meals into the search field or complete an application form which is available at our school and return to Catering Services Caerphilly County Borough Council, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7PG.

Welsh Government Pupil Development Grant

If you qualify for Free School Meals you may also qualify for the Welsh Government Pupil Development Grant (PDG) – Access Funding of up to £125, this is available to pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are looked after by a Local Authority if they are:

  • entering reception class in primary school
  • entering year 7 in secondary school
  • aged 4 or 11 in special schools, special needs resource bases or pupil referral units

The purpose of this PDG funding which is to provide grant assistance to families on low incomes for the purchase of:

  • School uniform including coats and shoes;
  • School sports kit including footwear;
  • Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance;
  • Equipment e.g. school bags and stationery;
  • Specialist equipment where new curriculum activites begin such as design and technology; and
  • equipment for out of school hour’s trips such as outdoor learning e.g. waterproofs

If you require any further advice, please contact Catering Services on 01443 864055 (or email catering@caerphilly.gov.uk). A Member of the team will be able to advise you.