Please find a link below to our school meal provider’s website and a copy of the latest menu:
School meals cost £2.30 per day for children in Years 3 to 6.
The cost of a meal for Nursery children is £1.95 per day.
Universal Free School Meals
You may be aware that the Government announced that, from September 2014, funding is provided to enable schools to offer a free lunch to every infant age child (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2). Pilot projects found that universal free school meals can have significant benefits both for individual children and for the broader life of the school. Stockport Council fully supports the initiative and encourages families to take up the free lunch offer which will provide the children of Stockport with a healthy and nutritious meal.
Free School Meals and Clothing Grants
If you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit (provided your earned income is no more than £616.67 in the last Universal Credit assessment period), support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 or Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit you will be eligible for Free School Meals.
Free School Meals could save you up to £380 per year for each child.
By applying for Free School Meals you could also trigger additional resources for your children’s school through the Pupil Premium. For every child registered, and entitled, the school gets £1,320 to help children from lower income families.
If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school will still receive the additional funding.
How to apply
If you are making a claim for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support then you don’t need to make a separate claim for Free School Meals. You can request Free School Meals on the same form and we will assess your entitlement at the same time.
You can apply for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support from the Benefits homepage.
If you do not need to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and only want to claim Free School Meals then you should fill in an online claim form.
You should also make a claim online if you are already receiving Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support and one of your children starts full-time nursery or school maintained by the Local Authority.
Access the Free School Meals online claim form.
Once you have completed the online form and submitted it, it will be sent straight to the Free School Meals Team to be processed.
You do not have to send in proof of your qualifying income as we will verify your claim with the Department for Work and Pensions.
- If your child is not attending a Stockport school, you must make your claim for Free School Meals with the Authority who is educating your child.
- Schools cannot provide free meals to children until it has been authorised by the Council.
If you are receiving Free School Meals and have children either entering or attending secondary school you will automatically qualify for a school clothing grant. If you have a child in year 7, you will receive £80 towards the cost of the uniform and £20 each year for children in years 8 to 11.
Payment will be automatically sent from the Free School Meals record so there is no need for anyone to apply.
- Please note we cannot make cash payments for clothing already purchased.
- You must have your own bank/building society account to receive a cheque.
- The cheque cannot be changed in favour of another person.
- The cheque can only be made payable to the person claiming Free School Meals