Free School Meals

Did you know you can save £350 per year and The Burgess Hill Academy will receive extra funding if you register your child for Free School Meals?

How does it work?

  1. First, check if you qualify – please see below.
  2. Registering is really quick and easy – contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 752835/752838, download the application form on this webpage or simply collect a form from Reception.
  3. Your child(ren) will be eligible for a free, healthy meal at lunchtime (saving you more than £350.00 a year) and the school gets extra funding.
  4. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and you are registered, the school will receive the extra funding.
  5. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from National Asylum Support Service (NASS) underPart IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of state Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit(provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit.

Why apply?

School meals are healthy - Our onsite catering team at Café Oakmeeds freshly prepare a range of tasty and healthy meals and snacks every day. Research suggests that a healthy lunch can increase children’s concentration.

It will save you money - If you have 3 children and spend £2 a day on lunchbox ingredients for each of them that adds up to nearly £1000 per year.

It will save you time - If you spend 15 minutes a day preparing a packed lunch for your child you will have spent nearly two whole days making packed lunches by the end of the school year!

You will be helping your child’s school - For every child who receives free school meals the government gives extra money to the school to help raise achievement for children from lower income families. This funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. With this money we could support trips, enrichment activities, equipment and provide extra help for children.

How to apply?

Simply click here to download the form and return to The Burgess Hill Academy Reception or email to: If you are eligible, credit will be automatically added to your child’s cashless catering account at the start of each school day. They will then be able to use it to buy a sandwich, salad, pasta pot or a hot meal at lunch time. The choice is theirs!

Fill in the form today and you’ll be helping your child concentrate, be providing extra funding to the school and saving yourself time and money.

Questions about free school meals?

Contact Reception at The Burgess Hill Academy or West Sussex County Council on 0330 222 5555.