Applying for Free School Meals

Applying for Free School Meals

If you are eligible for Free School Meals, we encourage you to make the claim for the following reasons:

  • It provides your child with a meal of their choice each day in school at no cost to yourself - this can save you on the cost of a meal or packed lunches.
  • It also enables us to request extra funding for students here at The Park Vale Academy.

Contact Pupil Benefits 

How do you know if you can claim?

Your child(ren):

  • is/are aged 16 or under
  • attends a Nottingham city school

If you, the parent/carer, receive at least one of the following benefits already:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but NOT entitled to Working Tax Credit and you have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Then you are eligible and can make a claim for your child(ren).

You may also be eligible if your child(ren):

  • is/are 19 or under
  • attends the sixth form at a Nottingham City LEA maintained school, full-time
  • you, the parent/carer, receive at least one of the benefits listed above

If you are still unsure if you are eligible please contact the Pupil Benefits Team who will be happy to help you and answer your questions.


If you consider that you are eligible for Free School Meals and/or Free School Milk  please do the following:

1. Download an application form as soon as you can.

Application form for Pupil Benefits

2. Once the application form is completed you can send it to us using any of the following options. You can:

  • post it or fax it to us - see the contact information below
  • drop it in at the Customer Contact Centre on Angel Row
  • drop it off at your child(ren)'s school and they will send it to us

Pupil Benefits contact information