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 £3.50 to your cashless account each college day. The £3.50 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. 

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 2022-23 Declaration for Financial Assistance before applying. 

2022-23 Declaration


Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits: 

Proof of benefits cannot be demonstrated by bank statements and we cannot recognise any other benefit other than those mentioned above. 


Please email and request the online application form.



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. 


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: 

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