Did you know – if you are in receipt of benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals.

Every day young people across Leeds are missing out on their free school meal. At Boston Spa Academy we encourage families to check if they are eligible; it could save £10 a week for each child on roll.

Families are entitled to free school meals if they are in receipt 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)


It is our understanding that families can still claim free school meals if:

  • They live with relatives or friends in Leeds and so do not have any direct housing costs.

  • If they live outside Leeds (and pay their council tax to a different local authority other than Leeds City Council), by completing the Free School Meals Only claim form for Non-Leeds residents.

  • If they are asylum seekers and currently receiving NASS Support.

To find out if you are eligible for free school meals and to receive a claim form please call Leeds Revenues and Benefits Service on 0113 2224404. If you would like support in filling out the form please contact the academy and we will support you with the process.

If your child is currently in receipt of Free School Meals you are entitled to financial assistance in respect of enrichment visits.  For full details of The GORSE Academies Trust’s policy please visit the policies section of the website and refer to The Charging and Remissions Policy.

To access the financial support in respect of enrichment visits you will need to complete a FSM Enrichment Remuneration Request Form for each enrichment visit you wish your child to take part in.  This form must be handed in to the Visit Leader at the same time as the signed consent form for the trip.  Applications made after this date will only by accepted if a change in circumstances can be evidenced.  In general, unless there are exceptional circumstances, you should anticipate to at least cover the cost of the transport.

If your child is not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but you are experiencing financial hardship or your child is a Looked After Child, it may be possible to access some financial support in respect of educational visits.  To be considered for this please make an application to our Supporting Achievement Fund (SAF) by completing a SAF form.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s Pastoral Officer/Head of Year.

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