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Free school meals application

To complete this application, you will need your national insurance number (available from your payslip or P60) or national asylum seekers service number. If you do not have either of these, call 0845 915 6006 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 5pm).

If your child(ren) are in reception, year 1 or year 2 they will automatically qualify for free school meals based on their year group.

Although all children in infant classes (reception, year 1 or year 2) will receive a free lunch meal, it is still important that you apply if you might be eligible. This is because, if your child is eligible, the school will receive additional funding called Pupil Premium.

If your child(ren) attend a school outside of Dorset (including Poole and Bournemouth) then you will need to contact the relevant local authority. If your child(ren)s school is not on the list then this is probably why.