Free School Meals
Free School Meals (FSM) are available to people who are classed as unemployed and receiving a qualifying benefit. However they are not available automatically.
The parent, guardian or student needs to complete an application and return it to the school or the FSM office at County Hall. An application cannot be made retrospectively, the FSM process is a set criteria and there is no appeals process.
Children who receive Income Support(IS) or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to claim free meals under the same application process.
If a child attends school or the parent/guardian resides in Northumberland the applicant can apply to Northumberland Authority for free school meals.
Refunds for free school meals are only made in exceptional circumstances. These are handled on an individual basis by the school.
How do I apply for free school meals?
You can apply either by:
- over the telephone on FSM 01670 623592
- completing a paper application form which is available from any school or FSM Office Northumberland County Council County Hall Morpeth NE61 2EF
Paper forms can be returned to the school or The FSM office. Benefit details for applications can be checked by us on receipt of the information although on some occasions the confirmation may not be found and you will be contacted with a request to provide your proof of benefit.
To apply online for Free School Meals click here
Frequently Asked Questions