Free School Meals

Free school meals eligibility checker – click here

The process of applying for Free School Meals at Arena Academy is simple and straightforward and may be done online or via the School Office.

Parents/Carers/Guardians will need to be in receipt of one of the following benefits to be considered eligible:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
    • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC)
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (from the National Asylum Support Service)
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400

NB: Working Tax Credits do not qualify you for Free School Meals unless granted to cover the four-week period immediately after employment ceases, or if the hours worked are less than 16 hours per week.

Free School Meals are available at Arena Academy to pupils whose parents or carers successfully complete the online application, using the below link.

From April 2018 any child eligible for FSM will be protected from losing their entitlement during the Universal Credit Roll out period which is expected to be March 2022.