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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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School meals


School meals are available to all primary school children within the Borough. We also provide school meals for several secondary schools.

Our school meals are always fresh, very nutritious, and great value for money. A two-course meal including a drink is only £10.25 weekly, that's £2.05 a day for Key Stage 2 children.  Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a free school meal.

View the primary school meals menus for April to July 2017:

  • Week 1 - 24 April, 22 May, 26 June
  • Week 2 - 1 May, 5 June, 3 July
  • Week 3 - 8 May, 12 June, 10 July
  • Week 4 - 15 May, 19 June, 17 July

Some schools have a slightly different bespoke menu and parents can get the individual menu from their child's school if required.


Free school meal entitlement

Pupils whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support 
  • Income based Jobseekers 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 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

We will check your entitlement using the free school meals checking service (ECS) provided by the Department for Education and contact you to confirm your eligibility. In the meantime you must continue to pay for all your child’s school meals.


Apply for free school meals

If you would like to apply for free school meals, please contact the Free School Meals Team on telephone: 01642 526606 for an instant decision or complete the online free school meal application form.

To complete the online application form you will be asked for your contact details, National Insurance Number, date of birth and the name and date of birth of children attending school.

                            Complete the online free school meal application form                               


What happens next?

If you have made a free school meals application over the telephone you will be informed straight away if your child is eligible. If your child is eligible, we will contact the school and your child will be added to the Free School Meals Register the following day. If you apply online or by post you will receive a letter informing you of the decision and free school meals will be awarded from the day following receipt of your application.