Applying for free school meals can save over £470 per child per year

Pupils that enjoy a school meal are twice as likely to eat their 5 a day and our average lunch contains 90% of their recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. 

By applying for free school meals your child could receive one of our delicious, hot and nutritious lunches every day.

All families should apply for free school meals for each child as this can lead to many additional benefits including:

  • additional funding for your child’s school
  • assistance with school trips
  • access to free holiday activities
  • assistance with extra curricula activities
  • included in future Derbyshire County Council's household support voucher schemes


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Free school meals in secondary school

In secondary school your child’s free school meal allowance is automatically credited to the pupil’s account and allows them to take advantage of the meal deal.

Money not used from this allowance can’t be rolled over to the next day. Additional money can be credited if desired.

Find out more about free school meals in Derbyshire,  email or tel: 01629 536481 / 01629 535743.

Additional support is available through your childs school office.


Applying has never been easier, we use the Department for Education’s free school meals eligibility checking system, meaning you will receive an instant result notification and the school will automatically be informed.

To apply, you will be required to register and provide:

  • your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service Reference Number
  • your family name
  • your date of birth
  • you may also be required to upload a copy of your benefit document

Find out more about free school meals and Pupil Premium funding.