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Free School Meals Allocation - Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Free School Meals During School Closure


We are aware that nationally Universal Credit claims have significantly increased in the present circumstances and more families may be eligible for Free School Meals; the National Voucher system of £3 per day when not attending school will be important to families. Parents whose children are already receiving Free School Meals do not have to apply again. Any parent who has previously completed an application but was not entitled to Free School Meals at the time will also not need to reapply. Your details are checked regularly against the government database by Merton Council and if you become entitled to Free School Meals, Merton Council will inform the school and we will contact you.

We would urge any parent who has not previously submitted an application to do so via the council’s website:


The school will advise you if you are entitled and, if you are, we will be able to arrange for you to receive your voucher.

All families whose children are entitled to receive a free school meal have been sent an e-voucher to use in any Tesco's store to cover the cost of missed lunches over the last two weeks of term, which we hope will help families to manage their household food bill during the period of lockdown. The e-voucher has been emailed to the address given to school.

After the Easter holidays, the government scheme will be in place. We will keep you updated as to how this will work, once we have more information. If you haven't received an e-voucher and think you should have, please email us at the address below.


Please note, this does not apply to the Universal Free School Meals offer for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.