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Free school meals
The Council provides two types of free school meals to children attending a school within the Cheshire East Borough.
We suggest you do make a claim for free school meals even if your child is in key stage 1 as the school can claim additional funding (pupil premium) for new equipment and resources.
You can apply for nursery-age children if they attend before and after lunch sessions at a local authority nursery school, nursery class or an Academy nursery if it has the same Ofsted number as the primary school.
Phone 0300 123 5012 for further information and help.
Claim for free school meals
Apply for free school meals
We use the Government eligibility checker to confirm your entitlement. Successful claims can begin the same day. If your claim is not successful or you need to send more proof we will contact you by phone or email, your entitlement will only begin once this information is provided.
We cannot backdate claims for Free School Meals to cover unpaid dinner money, or to refund any dinner money paid prior to the date of a successful application.
Appealing against the free school meals eligibility criteria
The qualifying criteria for free school meals is set by Central Government, not Cheshire East Council. Any change to the criteria must be raised via your Member of Parliament.
Free school meals email@example.com
0300 123 5012
Free School Meals
Cheshire East Council
PO Box 622
Or contact any Cheshire Maintained School.
Page last reviewed: 17 August 2022
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