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Brakenhale School

Free School Meals


Students from families who meet certain criteria (please see below) may be eligible for Free School Meals.

Whether students take these meals or not, the school also receives additional funding for each student and at a time when school budgets are very tight, this funding makes a real difference for supporting disadvantaged students.

Previously we required parents/carers to apply through Bracknell Forest Council but we have now moved to an online platform to make this process easier and simpler and we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to register.

We would be most grateful if you could complete your details on this form, even if you have applied unsuccessfully in the past, or if you believe you are not entitled to additional funding.  The system re-checks details every term and will automatically update our records if your status changes.

If you would like any help with applying you are very welcome to come into school and we would be happy to assist you with an application.

It is worth applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your child does not require a school lunch because entitlement to this benefit comes with an automatic reduction in the cost of school trips (in the UK) and may also entitle you to receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.

You will need the following information to register:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • Your contact details
  • Your National Insurance Number (or National Asylum Seekers Number)
  • Your child’s name and date of birth
  • The school your child is attending/will be attending

Criteria for applying:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190