Free School Meals

Children in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2 can get a free school meal.



And if you register, your school could get extra money to help pupils.

Children in Year 3 and Above:



Your child could get a free school meal if you receive any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don't get more than £16,190 a year)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit (with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400).


If you need to enquire about an existing application, please contact the Hertfordshire Education Benefits Team on 0300 123 4048 or howcanwehelp@hertfordshire.gov.uk

How To Apply:



Click this link to visit the Hertfordshire County Council website to see if you are eligible.
Alternatively, a member of our staff can support you through the process - just ask at the School Office.

Pupil Premium Benefits & How to Apply

Registering for Free School Meals could also raise an extra £1,320 if your child is in primary school or £900 if you child is in secondary school via Pupil Premium Grants.

These funds can be used for valuable extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.

This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed in the previous section.

You can also apply via this link to the gov.uk website.

Please remember: if you were eligible for FSM last academic year your application doesn't renew automatically, you still need to got online and apply.

All children in Reception to Year 2 are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals. Once they move to Year 3 you can apply for Free School Meals with the above eligibility criteria.

Additional Support

If you claim Free School Meals, you may be able to get extra help with:
  • Bus travel – a SaverCard lets a young person (11-18 years old) travel by bus for half price. You might be able to get one for free.
  • Train travel – a TrainCard lets students in sixth form or college (16-18 years old) get 1/3 off their train tickets. You might be able to get one for free.
  • Bike lessons – you may be able to get half price bike lessons.
  • Music lesson costs – we could pay 50% or 100% of your child's music lessons, depending on your income and the benefits you get. This is for children in Year 3 and above. Check with your child's school first to see if music lessons are available.

Herts Catering

The Collett School dinners are cooked and served by Herts Catering. We continue to work closely with them around meals, specific diets and options available to the children and staff of the school. If your son or daughter has specific dietary needs, please ensure you let the school know and a member of school staff and Herts Catering will meet with you to discuss your child's needs.

More information can be found on their website.


Our current menu:


Please remember that we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL.