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Free School Meals are available to the parents who are claiming the following benefits:-

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit but who are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of state pension credit

Please Note: Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.

In this respect, parents may be assured that no child suffers any embarrassment in claiming a free school meal at the College, as the allowance is credited daily to their cashless catering account.

For more information call the Education Welfare Benefits Service on 01480 372307

At Sir Harry Smith Community College we take pride in providing our students with healthy, balanced and exciting meals. All of students use our ‘cashless’ system where students access their lunch money account using a fingerprint.

The College Catering Team provide freshly cooked meals and snacks and also hold ‘theme weeks’ allowing students the opportunity to sample dishes from around the world alongside British classics.

There is no stigma attached to FSM at Sir Harry Smith and all students, whether they are on FSM or cashless pre-paid meal scheme, have exactly the same system in place so that no-one is able to tell them apart.

FSM enables parents to feel confident that their child has been provided with a good meal whilst at school and could potentially save the family 195 days worth of expense.

Did you realise that by applying and being accepted for Free School Meals (FSM), the College actually benefits too?

To check if you are eligible for benefits related free school meals and to apply please follow the link to Free School Meals Cambridgeshire