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Free School Meals

Which pupils qualify for free school meals?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

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:

Associate Head of School: Mr Daniel Fox

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

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