Free School Meals (FSM)

If your child is entitled to a Free School Meal (FSM), they can use their £2.60 allowance to buy any of the Best Value School Meal Options. If they purchase the same items individually they will exceed their FSM allowance of £2.60.

FSM allowance must be spent in full in one sitting and unspent FSM allowance is not carried over to the next day. Students can add additional funds to their FSM allowance using their cashless catering account if they need to buy additional items at break or lunchtime.

Guide to Pupil Premium and Free School Meals


Who is eligible?

Parents/carers who receive any of the following are entitled to free school meals:

  • Universal Credit with an annual household income of less than £7,400 after tax
  • Income Support (IS) 
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income related) - not Contribution related 
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) - not Contribution based 
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit. 
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HMRC) of less than £16,190, as long as the family is not also in receipt of Working Tax Credit. 

If you have recently become unemployed, but are still receiving working Tax credits, you may be entitled to free school meals, please call 0845 345 9122 for advice.

Visit Somerset County Council’s website for more information on Free School Meals and how to apply, or download an application form here.



Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools to support the needs of students who may be at an academic disadvantage compared to other students.

Students likely to qualify for Pupil Premium support are those who:

  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the previous six years or
  • Are children in care or who have been adopted from care or
  • Are children of service families.

We understand that this may be a sensitive matter for families to disclose some of this information, but please be assured that it will be dealt with in a confidential manner.

Find out more about how we spend and report on Pupil Premium funding and view our Pupil Premium Policy.

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