Free School Meals

Eligibility for Free School Meals

Families in Derbyshire are being reminded to check whether they may be eligible for free school meals.

Research has proven that a school meal contributes to;

  • Improved behaviour in the afternoon
  • Improved concentration in the classroom
  • A reinforcement of social skills and positive behaviour throughout the day
  • A habit for healthy eating which is likely to stay with the child for life
  • An increased intake of vegetables and a decline in consumption of soft drinks and crisps

Applying for free school meals is a simple process and there is no need to worry about other children knowing who does and doesn’t get free school meals. We operate a swipe card system and the allocated amount is put on the child’s card each day. Every student’s card looks exactly the same. 

Parents and carers are able to claim free school meals if they are on any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State 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) as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

If your application for Free School Meals is successful, Granville Academy will also receive extra funding from the Government to use in support of teaching and learning (Pupil Premium). If you would like to apply for Free School Meals, you can apply online at:

Please find below the link to make a free school meal application. If you have any queries or would like to discuss free school meals further, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy on 01283 216765 or via email