All pupils in P1-P3 are entitled to a free school meal. Parents do not have to register for this; all pupils will receive this meal automatically.
Free school meals are also available, via an application process, to pupils from P4 and beyond whose parents or carers receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related element of employment and Support allowance
- Child Tax credit but not Working Tax Credit (income should not exceed £16,105)
- Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit (income should not exceed £7,330)
- Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit (monthly take home pay for period must be under £610)
A free school lunch will also be available to children who attend nursery and receive their free early learning and childcare over lunchtime if parents receive one of the benefits listed above. In addition, pupils aged between 16 and 18 years who receive any of the above benefits in their own right also qualify.
To complete an online application form please visit https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/education-and-learning/childcare-school-and-education-grants-0. Alternatively, please contact Customer Services: Education on 01369 708548 or your local benefit enquiry office.
At Park Primary we ensure anonymity of children receiving free school meals. Our Catering Manager is entirely discreet and uses a tick system for these children and for the many children who pay in advance. Children are totally unaware of being in receipt of free school meals.
Please note that the above eligibility criteria is correct at time of publishing (October 2020) and may be subject to change by the start of August 2021. The link above will contain the most up-to-date information.
If you are not eligible for any of the benefits listed above there is a separate application process available and you should contact either 01369 708548 or your local benefit enquiry office for details.