Applying for Free School Meals and Hardship Fund


From September 2021, Free School Meals and Hardship Fund applications will be processed directly by The John Roan School.

Please click here to download the application form for Free School Meals.

Your child may be able to get Free School Meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


How does it work?

  1. First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are employed, so please look at the list above.
  2. Registering is quick and easy. Please complete the form overleaf and return it to the school office along with proof of your benefits (original documentation will be required).
  3. For any queries, please email


Registering for Free School Meals will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


What is the Hardship Fund?

The Hardship Fund is a discretionary source of financial help available to all registered full-time school students.  The aim of the Fund is to help students who have difficulties in paying for:


1.  Curriculum trips, visits and year group residential trips (up to 100% of the cost);

2.  Uniform, shoes or sports kit;

3.  Emergency travel expenses.


Payments from the Fund are discretionary and, if awarded, do not need to be repaid.


How to apply to the Hardship Fund

A separate application should be made to the Headteacher. An application form can be collected from Reception or downloaded from our website. The application will remain confidential and will be considered by the Headteacher, given their knowledge of the student’s circumstances.  If approved by the Headteacher, the application will be passed to the Finance Office for processing. A family may be able to apply for hardship support at any time during the academic year.  It may also be possible to apply more than once, but usually only where circumstances have not changed.  Families cannot appeal a decision not to award a hardship grant, as the Headteacher’s decision is final.


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