Can my child get free school meals?

If your child attended a Southwark primary school, they will have received free healthy meals throughout their primary career. Free school meals are discretely added to pupils' digital accounts each day and provide enough for a healthy meal. You can also top up the amount if and when you feel able. At secondary school, many pupils are still eligible and it is important that you apply for these using the simple steps below. If you need help with this, then do contact our school office.

Qualifying benefits

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you or your partner get any of the following benefits:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

What to do next?

If you believe your child/children may now be eligible for Free School Meals you can check your eligibility for free school meals quickly by visiting  

A Certificate of Eligibility is available through the website for any child eligible for a free school meal.

Follow the below simple instructions

Follow the below simple instructions
  • 1: Click - Check My eligibility
  • 2: Click - Proceed, create a new Account
  • 3: Click - Drop down box Local Authority - Insert - Southwark
  • 4: Click - Drop down box School - Insert – The Charter School North Dulwich
  • 5: Read Terms  - Before you can use the Free School Meals Eligibility Checker, you need to read and accept the Privacy Notice.
  • 6: Input your Details: You must complete all of the boxes  - Paying particular attention to those in the green area, which indicates information that is matched against DWP/HMRC data
  • 7: Click Submit - If you are eligible you will be able to download a certificate and email to along with your child/children name/s.
  • 8: Alternatively please email with your full name, National Insurance Number, date of birth and child/children name/s.

What Next?

If your application is successful your child/children will be entitled to Free School Meals until the end of their secondary phase of education. There will be no need to inform the school if your personal circumstances change throughout this time.

A £2.25p will be credited to their lunch account daily. This will cover the cost of a cold or hot meal deal. This credit can only be used at lunchtime and resets daily.

If the above is not applicable or you do not qualify, we would kindly request that you top up your child's account weekly or daily before 10am to ensure the credit reaches your child's account in time for lunch.  

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