Every eligible child is entitled to a free school meal if they attend a mainstream school or academy from nursery age (3 & 4 yr olds assuming they attend before and after lunch) until age of 19.
The local authority carries out the eligibility checks for entitlement to FSM on behalf of all maintained schools through centrally retained DSG. This work is carried out by the Admissions and Information team.
This service will also be available to academies from 1 April 2017 as a traded service on the same cost basis.
We will only provide FSM data to academies that buy into the SLA; otherwise they are responsible for making alternative arrangements to verify eligibility.