Free School Meals

Free School Meals

Read this if you are a student:

If you are entitled to a Free School Meal, then here is what you will get at Bishop Justus:·      

  • A breakfast to help set you up for the day -toast, cereal and a drink (tea, squash and sometimes hot chocolate as a treat!) Just go for Breakfast at the Bistro between 8am and 8:20 and ask for the breakfast deal- no need to add any money to your card.
  • A main meal- one of our freshly cooked nutritious meals (and items from the salad bar), or if you are getting a good meal at home, you can get a sandwich (or baguette/roll) and a piece of fruit or dried fruit/seed bag instead.

We are very proud of our catering team and the quality food they provide for the school community. If you would like further details about menus, please ask Mrs. Murphy or one of the catering team.

This bit is for parents/carers:

The government provides funding for a Free School Meal- a school lunch. But we want to do more so we also will provide a free breakfast for your child.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they'll remain eligible unitl they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they're in on 31st March 2022. However, you will need to re-apply for FSM each year.

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals. (source: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals/bromley)

We would encourage you to apply for a FSM, even if you do not wish to use it, as it also affects the future funding we receive.  An important part of the funding the school gets will be based on the number of our students entitled to free school meals. Each year you will need to reapply for FSM and we will of course send you a reminder if you forget.

Please check if you are eligible for Free school meals with the link below

Free school meal - Eligibility checker

Or to complete the online application for Free School Meals please click the link below

Bromley Free School Meals Application

If you need any further support please contact the school office. Thank you.

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