Free School Meals

Your child, or children, may qualify for free school meals if you are able to meet the following criteria:

You or your partner must have a child or children for whom you receive child benefit who is in full time education, under 19 years of age and who attends Joseph Swan Academy.

You and your partner must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA – IB)
  • Guarantee Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit – but not Working Tax Credit – and your income for Tax Credit purposes must be less than £16,190.00 (details are shown on your Tax Credit award notice)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If this applies to you, please complete Gateshead Council’s Free School Meals Application Form and return to the address on the form.

If you satisfy the requirements for your child/children to receive Free School Meals, and submit the information required to Gateshead Council, the school will be informed of this and Free Meals will be available immediately.

Parents can be sure that pupils who receive a free school meal are not singled out in any way.

For further information see the Gateshead Council Website or the application form.