School Meals

Highfields College appreciates the role of healthy, structured meal times as a factor in promoting more stable mental health and readiness for learning. We also appreciate that young people can be easily tempted by sugary snacks and other products on the way to school if they are carrying cash for lunchtimes. There is also a general understanding that for families, household income may be an issue.

For the above reasons, the College provides a number of meal times throughout the school day – breakfast club at the start, morning break / brunch and a typical school lunchtime. At each of these a variety of choices are provided to suit varying tastes and dietary requirements. This is provided to all students free-of-charge and means no young person has to bring cash or food / drink into school.

To help us with this provision, we encourage all of our parents/carers who are eligible to register for free school meals:

Free school meals eligibility

Students at the school can receive a daily free school meals grant if you receive one of these qualifying incomes:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit (provided your earned income is no more than £616.67 in the last Universal Credit assessment period)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you have a query about free school meals you can email

What difference does applying for Free School Meals make?

Highfields College want to ensure all our families receive the support they are entitled to. Being eligible for Free School Meals and applying for it assists the College greatly with the provision of meal times throughout the school day.

Highfields College also receives additional funding for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals. Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.

If your child doesn’t wish to eat school meals that is fine – but you can still register for Free School Meals and this will mean Highfields College will still receive the additional funding to support our students on a wider level with their education and behaviour.

To apply for free school meals, go to the following website:

You will need your National Insurance Number and if you are on Universal Credit your most recent Universal Credit award letter.

If you have a query about free school meals you can email

Apply for Additional Support

If you’re a Stockport resident and you are not eligible for free school meals you can apply for support, including:

  • Help with accessing food
  • Sourcing items you might need for your home
  • Help with secondary school uniform
  • Gas and electricity top up for prepaid meters
  • Help with your Council Tax
  • Help with your rent
  • Help to apply to a charity or trust fund

For more information on additional support, go to the following website: