Free School Meals
Were you entitled to Free School Meals (FSMs) at school? If so, you may be entitled to Free Meals whilst studying at college. Who is eligible? Students aged 16-18 at the start of their course (or aged 19-25 with an EHCP) and live in a household in receipt of the benefits listed below. Eligible students will be allocated £2.41 to your cashless account each college day. The £2.41 can be spent in either the Rotherfield or the Deanfield canteen. If you are going on a college day trip or will be attending a work experience placement students can contact the Chartwells manager in advance to organise alternatives.
05.07.2021: we have just received confirmation that from September 2021 the daily allowance will now be £3.50.
NB The Local Authority assesses the Free School Meal applications and will alert The Henley College with either an acceptance or a decline in the application. Students will be notified via their college email address of the outcome.
Please ensure you have downloaded, saved and understood the the 2021-22 Declaration for Financial Assistance before applying.
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Proof of benefits cannot be demonstrated by bank statements and we cannot recognise any other benefit other than those mentioned above.
If applying for both FSMs and the Travel Bursary please check that you submit all the required evidence. Please visit the Travel Bursary page for further details.
For help with scanning please visit the Bursary Fund page.
All applications must provide scanned PDF photocopies of one of the following:
- Universal Credit - three most recent UC statements each showing the net monthly earnings/ take home pay of up to £7,400 per annum (e.g. if applying in June 2021 the three most recent statements will be March, April and May 2021).
- Income Support - letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)/Jobcentre Plus dated within one month of application showing breakdown of income support payment.
- Income Based Employment & Support Allowance - letter from DWP/Jobcentre Plus dated within one month of application.
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) - All pages of the TC602 Inland Revenue tax credit award notice for the current tax year.
- State pension credit - Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice.
Asylum seekers will need to provide a National Asylum and Support Service (NASS) support notice or IS96 document including details of authority providing support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. You will be required to supply:
- NASS reference number
- Port reference number
- Name of authority