Free School Meals

You may be entitled to receive assistance to pay for school meals for your child. Please see details below:

Are you eligible for Free School Meals?

Are you on a low income and struggling to meet the cost of school meals? If you are a parent, guardian or foster carer of children at school or who are attending nursery for full days, you may be entitled to free school meals.

You are entitled to this help if you get:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Child Tax Credit but do not get Working Tax and your annual taxable income is less than £16,190
  • If you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 hours and qualify for a working Tax credit run on

What should you do now?

Telephone Leeds Benefits Service on 0113 222 4404 or call into your nearest One Stop Centre. You may need to complete a claim form to receive your entitlement.

(Source: Leeds City Council, Valid April 2012)


Cockburn John Charles Academy have implemented the voucher scheme for students entitled to free school meals. It is working well for the majority of our parents and carers. We are aware that there has been some issues and delays with the vouchers being sent by the supplier to registered email addresses. Edenred are working hard to resolve the issues, however, some delays still exist.

We understand for some of our parents that circumstances may have changed recently and you may now be eligible for free school meals. If you think you may be eligible you can review more information here

Leeds Residents Council Tax and Benefits Free School Meals

Before contacting the academy with any queries, you are advised to read the below FAQ document from Edenred regarding the free school meal voucher scheme.

Edenred Documents DfE Free School Meals Parent Carer FAQs 

If you still need to contact the academy, please email instead of telephoning in the first instance.