Free School Meals 

Free School Meals

No child should go to school hungry

Primary school children in state-funded schools in London will get free school meals for the 2023/24 school year. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is providing the funding as an emergency cost of living support measure. 

The Mayor recognises that families are in urgent need of support. The meals will help families with the spiralling cost of living by making sure that children in state-funded London schools will receive free school meals in this academic year.

The introduction of universal free school meals for the 2023/24 academic year could save families upwards of £440 per child*.

This is vital support to families who are facing a cost of living crisis. This funding will ensure that primary school children will get at least one nutritious meal a day. All children deserve that safety net.

*At the time of calculation, the average cost of a school meal for a primary school child was around £2.30 in London. This represents a cost saving per child of around £440 over 190 school days across the academic year.

From 4th January 2016, parents on benefits must use the Free School Meals Eligibility Checker to see whether or not your child qualifies for free school meals.

FSM Eligibility Checker

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) provides funding for all government-funded schools to offer free school meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, and Year 2. UIFSM is totally different from Free School Meals (FSM). Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 that are on benefits will need to also apply for  Free School Meals.

In England, a Free School Meal (FSM) is a statutory benefit available to school-aged children from families who receive other qualifying benefits and have been through the relevant registration process.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) will not receive Free School Meal Vouchers.

To receive Free School meals, you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits listed below:

To check to see if you are eligible for Free School Meals for your child , please click and  follow the instructions below:

1. Click 'Check Eligibility'

2. Click 'Proceed' (the blue button)

3. Select 'Haringey' in the Local Authority drop-down box

5. Select 'Noel Park Primary School' in the School drop-down box

6. Tick the privacy notice box at the bottom of the page

7. Fill in your details

8. If you are eligible for Free School Meals fill in your child's details (if you have more than one child that attends our school, please add each child)

9. Download the 'Certificate of Eligibility'

10. Email the 'Certificate of Eligibility' to (in the email you must include each child/ren's that you applied for that attends our school).

fsm letter (2).pdf
Noticeboard posters (2).pdf