Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S)

Free School Meals

All children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to Universal Free School Meals from September 2014.

However, for some of those children, schools will also be able to claim Pupil Premium, which will help provide further support for those children.  The criteria for eligibility is the same as, and comes from, what is the free school meal criteria from Key Stage 2 onwards.


This criteria for eligibility is where parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • All Universal Credit claimants are currently eligible for education benefits’

No other benefits qualify for free school/college meals from Key Stage 2 and or pupil premium for Key Stage 1.

Applying for free school meals

A parent or guardian may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and HC3S has an online service for this. The service allows you to check your own eligibility for free school/college meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else.

To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:

  • Name, home address and email address
  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number
  • Child or student's name, date of birth and school/college

Please note that by following the link below to the online  eligibility checking service, you are leaving Hampshire County Council's website.  

The data you enter on the screen will be used to process your request.

I would like to check for free meal eligibility

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in school.

The service is now online however if schools want to use the previous application form for their information or to continue to liaise with us for checks, the documentation is still available below:

Word version Microsoft Word 52kb

PDF version Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 32kb

School Uniform Grant

You may also be entitled to receive a grant for school uniform. For more information see the Children's Services information.

1 Parents who are made redundant or start working less that 16 hours per week, may find their children are entitled to free meals for a limited period.