Free School Meals

If you have children up to the age of 19 years in full-time education at a Hillingdon school, you may claim free school meals if you receive a qualifying benefit.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Local authorities do not set the qualifying criteria for free school meals and we are unable to waive them. Any change to the criteria is a matter for central, not local government.

If you have a child starting school for the first time, and already receive free school meals for other children, you will still need to complete a new application.

How to Apply

You can apply online at  and get an immediate answer or visit this website for further information. If you are eligible, Queensmead will be notified within five working days.

If you have any questions or need assistance in applying for free school meals, please contact us on 020 8845 6266 or email

Changes to your benefit entitlement

Please contact the school immediately if your benefit changes or ends, as it may mean that you no longer qualify to claim free school meals. If it is found that you did not notify us that you were no longer entitled to claim free school meals, you will be invoiced for the cost of all school meals taken free to which your child(ren) were not entitled.

Other help

JobCentre Plus: Website, 0345 608 8545 Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

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