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Cardinal Pole Catholic School

Cardinal Pole Catholic School

Free School Meals

How much could you save?

You can save up to £10 a week or £390 a year, if your child qualifies for free school meals.


It doesn’t matter where you live as long as your child goes to school in Hackney. To qualify, your child must be in school and you must be getting one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • NASS support
  • Guarantee element of State Pension
  • Child Tax Credit, with an income of £16,190 or less where the household is not getting Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit for the four weeks after employment ends.

A child over 16 getting any of these benefits is also eligible to receive free school meals.

Asylum seekers

To qualify for free school meals, asylum seekers must provide their:

  • IND letter;
  • IND card;
  • Social services letter; or
  • NASS letter.

How to apply

If your child goes to school in Hackney, you must apply to us. You only have to apply once. We will check your entitlement against information held by the Department for Education on a regular basis so that you don’t have to renew your application every year or provide proof of your entitlement.

For more information and access to the Learning Trust's links / application forms please click on this link

Help with home to school travel fares

Your child can get help with tube and/or train fares if they live in Hackney.

How it works

  • Children will get a travel card each term
  • We will pay for the cheapest form of transport from home to school
  • You must live in Hackney to apply
  • If you have been income assessed you must re-apply every year to check that you still qualify
  • You can appeal if you are refused help with travel costs

Children may be entitled to free transport if:

  • They have special educational needs, disability or mobility problems with no school place near their home;
  • They cannot walk to school, even though it is within the normal walking distance of two miles (if aged 5 -7) or three miles (if aged 8 or over);
  • They cannot reasonably be expected to walk a particular route (for example through a park, cemetery or along a towpath) even though the school is within the normal walking distances;
  • They have special educational needs and attend a school where there are no arrangements for boarding at or near the school; or
  • Their religion or belief means that the nearest suitable school is outside the distances.