What is Free School Meal?

The school gets extra funding for every child registered as eligible for a free school meal if their parents receive benefits. The school uses this money for activities including art therapy, booster classes, educational trips and after school clubs.

The qualifying benefits are:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit -  if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


If you meet the criteria, you can apply via https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/arkschools

  • You must complete all fields
  • You must include accurate information (i.e. everything according to your official documents)
  • You must select Ark Elvin Academy as the school for your child

If you do not complete all fields, include unofficial details, and/or do not select Ark Elvin Academy, you might have your application misplaced or denied, and the school will not be able to help nor update your status.

If your application is completed correctly and you are successful, the school will be informed, will update your child's status on our system, and you will from this date receive free school meals.

If you have any queries, please contact us via info@arkelvinacademy.org


Eligibility for free school meals will not be backdated, so ensure you apply as soon as possible.


Covid-19 – Temporary extension of FSM eligibility

The Government has announced a temporary extension of FSM eligibility to those groups with no recourse to public funds (NRPF). These groups are:

  • children of Zambrano carers
  • children of families with the right to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 AND are subject to a NRPF restriction.

With exception of those receiving support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, your household income must be less than £31,500 p/a in London, and £28,200 p/a outside of London. Please view the guidance, here if you are unsure which of these locations you are in.

Please complete this application form to confirm your eligibility to FSM during this period. Send a scanned image of the completed form and evidence to info@arkelvinacademy.org or arrange an appointment at the school to bring these in person.