letters newlsetters class-pages
The Priory Learning Trust

Get in touch

Contact Details

Castle Batch

Primary School Academy

Happy, confident children, learning to learn

Free School Meal Applications

Free School Meal Applications


North Somerset have replaced the old free school meal (FSM) paper application forms with an online checker. Parents will have to apply online and will get an instant decision on eligibility. If successful, the system will generate a confirmation that parents can then print off and give to the school. Where parents do not have printers, we can accept an email marked for the attention of Vickie Bomford.


The FSM entitlement only lasts for a specific period of time. This means parents will have to apply every term break (so 3 times per year). You will need to apply for each child individually as the online checker creates a system code for each child.  This is the only way to apply for FSM. If you have not applied already this school year you will need to do so immediately, and again every holiday, otherwise the free school meal cannot be allocated to your child.  The application timetable is as follows:


-Apply in August for September to December

-Apply in the Christmas Holidays for January to Easter

-Apply in the Easter Holidays for Easter to July


Please click on the link below to go to the new checker:

Even if your child is in Reception or Key Stage 1 and already receives a free school meals as part of their universal entitlement, it is still worth applying here as a FSM eligible pupil of any age means that the school will get some additional funding. This is of benefit to your child and to you, as it means we can help with expenses such as trips, visits and camps. Please come and ask if you are not sure, or if this is confusing!