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Free School Meals and School Uniform Grant

A child is eligible for free school meals if their parent or carer receives one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • 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 also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Parents who are made redundant or start working less that 16 hours per week, may find their children are entitled to free meals for a limited period.)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

No other benefits qualify for free school meals from Key Stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5, 6) or for the pupil premium for Reception Year and Key Stage 1 (years 1, 2).

Applying for free school meals online 

There is an online service used by Ringwood School to allow you to apply for free school meals. To complete a check you will need the following information: · Name, home address and email address · National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number · Child’s name and date of birth The data you enter on the screen will be used to process your request. Please note that by following the link below to the online free school meals application service, you are leaving Ringwood School’s website.

Applying for free school meals via the school 

If you would like help completing the application form, please contact Mrs Attwill on 01425 475000.

School Uniform Grant

If your income is such that you are eligible for free school meals, the School offers a voucher to the value of £12 towards uniform purchases per child at two stages in their School life, being on entry to Year 7 and again either Year 9 or 10.  Assistance on this can be sought from Reception.