Free School Meals

Free School Meals can be claimed by Parents or Guardians of pupil’s who are on a low income.  All claims will be processed by the Benefits Section at Tameside Council with the target date of 3 days


What is the eligible income?

  • Income Support
  • JSA (income Based)
  • Guarantee Credit
  • ESA – IR
  • Child Tax Credit (but not working tax credit) provided the Household income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by HM Revenues and Customs



How do I apply for Free School Meals?

  • Any new e-claims for Housing and Council Tax Benefit will now also include the option to apply for Free School Meals


  • Telephone the Council’s call centre on 0161 342 8355


  • Complete the on-line application form at  This can be completed directly by you only if you are in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (IB), Employment and Support Allowance(IR) or Guaranteed Credit and have a Housing and Council Tax Benefit reference


  • In person at one of the Council’s Customer Service Offices. See the website for the appointment services or for the drop in service at Ashton. You should bring your latest Benefit award notice of your qualifying benefit with you.


Universal Free School Meals

All children from Reception to Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under the government's scheme.  However, if you are in receipt of any of the above allowances making you eligible for free school meals anyway, it is important that you also claim via this route (see above).  Children who are entitled to free school meals (other than through Universal Free School Meals) generate additional funding for school (Pupil Premium).  If you have any queries or require assistance in applying, please contact the school office.

The menu for school meals is available here.

It is on a three week rolling programme and is changed twice a year - in April and October.  Children choose their main course.  KS2 children choose their own meals (usually done in class) but blank menus are sent home for parents to complete for Early Years and KS1.