Is your child entitled to Free School Meals?

Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

A new quick and easy way to check your eligibility online…

The ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ is a website where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and, if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’.

If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.

What the service does for parents:

After entering essential details into the website, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will provide the parent with a Certificate of Eligibility, that can be taken or emailed to your child’s school.

The only information that the website requires to check your eligibility is:

  • Parent’s name
  • Parent’s DOB
  • Parent’s National Insurance number (or National Asylum Seeker Service number)

This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.

Please be assured that the website is secure and there is no catch, no cost and no advertising. LGfL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.

What the service does for St Marylebone:

With recent funding cuts, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable us to provide the excellent education that all our pupils deserve and that includes the teaching ratios, wider opportunities and extra curricular activities that are so crucial to the St Marylebone ethos.

How to access the eligibility checking service:

Please visit….

…to enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative.

Step by step instructions

Detailed, step by step instructions on how to use the service can be found by clicking here

Alternative ways to check

If you have any trouble using the online system, you can send your full name, DOB and National Insurance number (or National Asylum Seeker Service number) and your child’s name to and we can perform a check on your behalf.


If you have any further questions regarding free school meals or pupil premium, please email

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Swan
Deputy Headteacher
St Marylebone School