Free School Meals – New Applications

If your circumstances have changed and you think your child(ren) may be entitled to Free School Meals you need to make an application to Barnsley Council through the on-line form which can be found by following the link below or by searching for BARNSLEY FREE SCHOOL MEALS which will take you to the same place.

They check for eligibility and will inform the school if the eligibility criteria have been met.   School will then contact the parents.

Barnsley Council Free School Meals

If you are unable to complete the form on-line then you can call 01226 787787 Option 3 and it can be completed over the phone.

More information can be found on the Holy Trinity web page Free School Meals

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Pupils in these years receive free meals in school as part of the Government Universal Infant Free School Meals. To be eligible for Free School Meals support during this enforced school closure a pupil’s parent/guardian must receive one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Guarantee element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit with no working tax credit and have an income as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190 (subject to change annually)
  • Support under Part 1V of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Children whose parents or guardians are in receipt of working tax credits and disabled working tax credits do not qualify for free school meals.

The council only has a duty to provide a free school meal once a request has been made by a parent, so if you meet the above criteria, you need to complete an on line application for free school meals on line via the council website.

Barnsley Council Free School Meals


We are aware there is a hoax email currently being circulated that appears to have been sent from HM Government asking parents in receipt of free school meals to submit their bank details to ensure they continue to receive support.

The email is cleverly worded and states ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

This is a scam and not an official communication DO NOT respond and delete immediately.

Children entitled to a free school meal will continue to receive this provision in line with government guidance.