School Meals

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

School Meals

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

School Meals

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for a free school meal.

Paid Dinners

From 1st January 2020 school meals will cost:

Nursery – £1.70 per day
Years 3 to 6 – £1.90 per day

Packed Lunch

Children can to bring a healthy packed lunch as an alternative to a school meal.

Free School Meals

Parents of children starting school in September can make an application as soon as they are notified of their school place. Even if you have another child in school who is currently receiving free meals you need to make a new application.

You can apply for school meals if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit the “Guaranteed” element of the State Pension Credit support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (you will need to apply directly to the school not Bradford Council)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

You can apply online by visiting Apply for Free School Meals, or telephone the school office who can provide you with an application form.


A small carton of milk is provided daily free of charge to all Nursery and Reception Children and in Years 1 & 2 children who are entitled to free school meals are also entitled to free milk. However all other children in Years 1 & 2 have to pay termly in advance. A letter will be sent to parents reminding them when the money is due.

Please note that there is a final date for payment and this is strictly adhered to. Milk is not available for children in Key Stage 2.

Merlin Top Primary Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.