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Thornleigh Salesian College
Sharples Park
Bolton, BL1 6PQ

T: 01204 301 351
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Free School Meals

What are Free School Meals?

They are school dinners for children between the ages of 4 and 16 who attend full time school (but not private schools). They may also be awarded to some children outside this age range who attend full time school or nursery.

Do I qualify?

Bolton Council has a duty to provide free schools meals, which comply with national nutritional standards, to eligible pupils. The Council also has a scheme to help families buy essential school clothing.


You can get free school meals and school clothing allowance if your child attends a local authority maintained school (not private) and you receive one of the following:

Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
Income Related Employment Support Allowance
Income Support
Universal Credit
Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less than £16,190
Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
In addition, to be eligible for school clothing allowance, the child must be in year seven or nine

There are some special circumstances for children who attend:

Children aged 16 to 19 –

Kearsley Academy
Canon Slade
Firwood and Runworth
Rivington and Blackrod
St Catherines Academy

How do I apply?

You do not need to make a separate claim for a free school meals or school clothing allowance if you are already in receipt or have applied for housing benefit or help with your council tax. We will use the information and evidence you have already provided to confirm your entitlement to free school meals and school clothing allowance. You may need to provide an up to date document showing that you are getting one of the above benefits or support.

If you do not have any proof or need to ask a question please contact 01204 331590 or visit Bolton Council’s website:

Free school meals information on Bolton Council’s website

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