Information for schools

How to process a Free School Meal application for a No Recourse to Public Funds household

As explained on our Apply for a Free School Meal page, schools will be given a self-declaration and supporting evidence from the families requesting Free School Meals. 

You should record eligible Free School Meals pupils who qualify through the NRPF criteria in the termly school census, in the same way as all other Free School Meals pupils.

You should retain evidence of the application including the self-declaration and any supporting documentation for usual audit purposes.

Further information and confirmation of support evidence from GOV.UK.

What if I am a school that needs to query a pupil's entitlement

All schools have access to an online portal where they can confirm Free School Meal entitlement. 

If you have a query that cannot be answered through the portal, please contact us.

Free School Meals

Telephone line is open 11am to 1pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Address: Customer Service Centre
3 Upper Precinct

Telephone: 024 7683 3773