Free School Meals and School Uniform Grant
Free School Meals and Uniform Grant
As you might be aware from September 2022 all pupils in Reception classes will be receiving a universal free school meal, however the School Uniform Grant is only available for children who are currently entitled to free school meals, therefore if you haven’t already applied you need to do so. Pupils who receive free school meals due to transitional protection arrangements .
This grant applies to the following year groups:
- Reception to Year 11.
- Looked After Children (LAC), who attend a Swansea school.
Funding available is £225 for each eligible learner with the exception of those in Year 7, who will be entitled to £300.
This is the link to apply for free school meals https://www.swansea.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
The grant should be spent on:
- School uniform including coats and shoes;
- School sports kits including footwear;
- IT equipment: laptop and tablets ONLY
- Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets;
martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance;
- Equipment, for example, school bags and stationery;
- Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and
- Equipment for out of school hours trips, such as outdoor learning, for example, waterproofs.
Applications can be made from and take up to 7 days to process.
There is a helpful section on Swansea Councils public website that gives advice on eligibility for FSM, help with applying online, school uniform grants and there is also a benefits calculator which will tell you if you are eligible to claim etc., further information can be found here https://www.swansea.gov.uk/schooluniformgrant.
If you think you may be eligible for free school meals please apply online as soon as possible, if you have any issues with applying online, please contact Mrs Hughes in the school office.
Please note that if your child is eligible for free school meals (not ‘transitionally protected’) there will also be a reduction in some school trips such as residential stays.
If you have any queries on benefits in general please use this link https://www.swansea.gov.uk/benefits