Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

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Free School Meals – Are You Eligible?

Having free school meals is a useful benefit for hard-pressed families. Our biometric tills mean that there is no difference in the way that children who have free school meals pay for their food – everyone is treated equally.

The school receives additional funding from the Government to cover the costs of providing education (known as the pupil premium) for pupils whose families receive certain benefits. This can include all school running costs, such as employing teachers and support staff, books and equipment, computers, expenses on our school building and free school meals.

If your child is under 19, in full-time education and you are in receipt of one of the following benefits they may be eligible for a free school meal.


  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • Universal Credit

Parents/carers can apply by using this form by clicking here (FSM Application form) . When you have filled in the form please return it to school. Please rest assured that the information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and securely stored. For the whole of the time your child is in our school this is the only information we will need to check unless your surname changes. If your child is entitled to receive a free school meal we will let you know the outcome as soon as possible.