Free School Meals

Heathcote School 13Your child may be entitled to free school meals if they to go school in Waltham Forest, and you or your partner get one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit
  • Support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)
  • Support from the Local Authority Social Services Asylum Team (SSAT)
  • Child Tax Credit, provided that you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit (but see below), and your annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) is £16,190 or less
  • Working Tax Credit for four weeks after your employment finishes


If you’re a parent or carer and receive Working Tax Credit you are disqualified from claiming free school meals no matter what your income is.

To learn more about Free School Meals, and to apply, please click here to visit Waltham Forest's webpage for more information.


Support with accessing food over school holiday periods

If your child is eligible for free school meals and/or you are worried about having enough food in the holiday period, please contact us so that we can support you. The school will work with you to ensure that all support is discretely provided. Our normal support for families in this situation includes a variety of approaches and we await further guidance from the Government about what their plans are going forward.

We know that sometimes families are faced with unexpected difficulties during the school holiday, or when the school is closed. During these times families can contact the school on and we will get back to you as soon as we are able. Alternatively, you can find information on getting support with food and financial problems on the Waltham Forest Council website.