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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 send as an email to the School Office.


Due to the roll out of Universal Credit, if your child is entitled to free school meals they should keep their entitlement until the end of Year 6. This means that you do not need to reapply until they change from primary school to secondary school. The applications at the end of Year 6 need to be made in the Summer holidays before they change school.


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.


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!