Free school meals and school clothing grants - primary and secondary

If your child is in P1 to P3

Free School Meals are offered to ALL pupils in icon P1- P3 [385Kb] without the need for parents/carers to submit an application form. However, an application form must be completed if you also require a school clothing grant for your child in P1-P3.

Don't forget to submit an application form for Free School Meals for your child when he/she moves into P4 as they will no longer be automatically entitled to Free School Meals.

For further information, please view the icon free school meals flyer for parents [386Kb].

If your child is P4 or above

You can claim free school meals and a school clothing grant for your child(ren) if you are receiving:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income based Job Seeker's Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105.
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Working Tax Credit (WTC) and your income is less than £6,900
  • If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim free school meals for yourself.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610

For more information on Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit visit the Inland Revenue website.

How do I apply for free school meals and a school clothing grant?

Application forms for school session 2019/2020 are being updated and will be available from 1 July 2019.

Apply online

Alternatively, application forms are available from any Perth & Kinross Council school or from Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth.

Supporting evidence from Jobcentre Plus must be dated within 6 weeks of the date of your claim and Tax Credit Award Notices (TC602) must relate to financial year 2019/2020.

A photograph of your evidence taken from your smart phone is acceptable.

If you submit an application form for the start of session 2019/2020 and have not received a response by Monday 12 August 2019, please contact this office.

Free school meal claims will not be backdated and entitlement will start from the date applications are processed by Education & Children's Services.

Contact details

Schools Division

2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH
Tel 01738 476200