Free school meals

This page explains who may be entitled to free school meals and how to apply for free school meals and uniform grant.

Children and young people are entitled to free school meals if their parents or carers receive certain benefits.

From 6 September 2013 the Welsh Government extended, as an interim measure, eligibility for free school meals to children in families where a parent receives Universal Credit.

When detailed information on the rollout of Universal Credit is known, the Welsh Government will review the eligibility criteria again.

Pupils receiving free school meals are entitled to either a main meal or a selection from the snack bar service to the value of a main meal.

Year 7 pupils starting secondary school who are entitled to free school meals may also be entitled to a school uniform grant.

You only need to complete ONE application form for both free school meals and the year 7 school uniform grant.


Complete the online Free School Meal and Clothing Grant application form.

Who can have free school meals?

If parents receive any of the following payments their children are entitled to receive free school meals in maintained schools in Wales:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190. (HM Revenue and Customs are responsible for assessing the level of annual income.)
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit
  • Young people who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.


Complete the online Free School Meal and Clothing Grant application form.

Application forms are also available from the school (in term time) or from Newport City Council (outside of term time) by telephoning (01633) 656656.

Applications should arrive no later than the end of the summer term so that they can be processed for the start of the new school year.

Applications can be made at any time during the year if there is a change in circumstances.