15th April 2024

Free school meals for your child

Dear Parent/Carer,

It has recently come to our attention that some families may not be claiming for Free School Meals, when they are eligible to apply. At Pontarddulais Comprehensive, we want every family and child to receive the support that they are entitled to.

Children whose parents or carers receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals in schools maintained by the council. The term ‘parent’ includes someone living in the household as the partner of a child’s biological parent.

  • Universal Credit if your annualised net earnings are £7400 or less*
  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit where total annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom service) is less than £16,190 a year
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – this is the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit (usually when their   employment ceases or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week). Any other type of Working Tax Credit will not make you entitled to free school meals.

If you are working and you also get Universal Credit, and want to claim free school meals for your child(ren), you may not know whether your earnings are more than £7,400 a year.

Follow this link for further information from Swansea Council. If in doubt, use the link to make an application. You may also be entitled to a School Uniform Grant so it is worth checking your eligibility.


If you have any questions or need assistance with the application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. R. Thomas
Deputy Headteacher