At Melksham Oak, we understand just how important it is for young people to have a healthy and balanced diet. That is why our school dinner menu is filled with a variety of nutritious, high-quality meals. We cater for a variety of tastes, with a diverse range of options available every week, including vegetarian dishes.
Free School Meals
Why Apply for Free School Meals?
As a school, we are very keen that all students who are eligible for free school meals actually apply and receive their entitlement.
Benefit for Families: This ensures that students can have a healthy lunch during the school day. The process is straightforward, and students who receive free school meals are anonymous.
Benefit for the School: Increasingly, large sums of our school funding are being linked to the number of students on roll who have registered as eligible for free school meals. This means that if families do not apply for free school meals, the school receives less money than it should have to spend on the education of our students. The school will be significantly better off if you make a successful application, even if your child doesn’t want to claim the daily lunch.
Who is eligible for Free School Meals?
To get free school meals, you must be in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits:
- Income support.
- Income-related employment and support allowance (not contribution-based ESA).
- Income-based job seekers allowance (not contribution-based JSA).
- Child tax credit (but not getting working tax credit) and combined annual income, as assessed by HMRC, is not above £16,190 (as at 6 April 2011).
- Guaranteed element of state pension credit.
- National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS) under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
From 1st May 2009, where a parent is entitled to working tax credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
How do I apply?
You can apply using a paper application form which can be downloaded from the Wiltshire County Council website or apply online.