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Free School Meals

Free School Meals for KS1 Children

All children in Reception, Year One and Year Two, automatically receive free school meals. The school receives government funding towards these free meals based on how many children take a school meal on two census days each year. On these days, we encourage all children to take up a school meal in order to ensure the school is able to receive maximum funding.

Free School Meals for KS2 Children

With the cost of living crisis worsening, we urge all parents to consider whether their KS2 children might meet the criteria for free school meals. Children in receipt of free school meals attract additional funding and Bealings uses this to fund all school trips, including residential, for these children. Information about children receiving free school meals is kept confidential.

Your child may 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)

You can apply or see if you meet the criteria for free school meals via this link to the  Suffolk County Council free school meals application page


Children under five are entitled to free school milk and children over five are entitled to milk at a subsidised price. You can register online or download the form now at School-Milk-Registration-Form-2021