• Eskdale Academy

Important Notice - Free School Meals

Good morning! Hope everyone is well.

Our pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 have been in receipt of a universal free school meal, regardless of income levels.

However, universal free school meals will not be part of the voucher scheme.  Those parents that think they may be eligible to apply for a FSM due to low income must now apply to HBC in order to receive a FSM voucher through the new scheme.

Families who are already in receipt of a FSM for children in years 3 and above who have younger siblings need to apply to HBC for those children too.

Your child may be eligible if you are in receipt of any of the following:

Income support

Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance

Income related employment support

Support under part VI of the immigration act

Guaranteed element of pension credit

Child tax credit (provided you’re not entitled to working tax credits and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

Universal credit if you apply after 1 April 2018 and household income is less than £7,400

You can apply online via the Hartlepool Council Website


Once eligibility has been confirmed school will be notified.

Thank you

Stay safe!