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Free School Meals

Which pupils qualify for free school meals?

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals.  Your child is eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

We operate a biometric system at The Colne Community School so free school meals are anonymous at the till point.

What are the benefits of claiming free school meals?

School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime, and they can also save you time and money. Claiming free school meals also helps the school. We get extra funding, known as the ‘pupil premium’, for every eligible pupil who is registered. Your child may then become eligible for assistance with paying for items such as resources and trips.

More information on ‘pupil premium’ can be found on our website.

The more eligible pupils that are registered for free school meals, the more funding the school receives. Registering does not mean your child has to take up free school meals if they don’t want to. You should still register for free school meals even if:

  • You would rather your child had a different meal, such as a packed lunch
  • Your child is in sixth form and goes out for lunch

How to register for free school meals

Please click on the link below to apply for free school meals:

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the admin team.

Tel: 01206 303511           Email:

Interim Executive Principal: Mr Neil Gallagher

The Colne Community School and College
Church Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0QL
Telephone: 01206 303511
Fax: 01206 302258

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