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Free School Meals

Universal Infant Free School Meals

Every infant child in Reception, Year 1 and 2 is entitled to have a free meal at school. The Government has made this decision because a good lunch makes an enormous difference to children’s health, development and ability to learn. It is also important that children develop good healthy eating habits to combat the rising problem of childhood obesity.

If you would like to know more about Free School Meals please ask at your school or look on the link above to the Somerset County Council website.

You don’t have to be in receipt of a benefit to take advantage of a free meal at school. They are available for all infant children. However, schools receive extra funding for children that come from families on low incomes. This is called Pupil Premium. This money is sent to schools by Central Government based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). The Pupil Premium will be used specifically within school to help eligible children reach their full potential, both academically and socially. If you would like to find out how your school uses its pupil premium, please look on their website or speak to your school.

6 May 2021
Last Updated
18 May 2021