Financial Help

Parents and carers may be able to get help with the cost of school meals and school uniform. Pupils continuing in The Cotswold School Sixth Form may qualify for the Educational Maintenance Allowance.  What is more, if your are eligible, you will be helping the school community at large by registering.  For example, for every Free School Meal registration made, the school receives improved funding.

Read on or  CLICK HERE to visit the Gloucestershire County Council’s website for further information.

Free School Meals

Did you know that your child could qualify for free school meals? That means no bills but delicious, healthy meals for your children.

School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals. As someone else is preparing the meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.

If your are eligible, you will be helping the school community at large by registering for Free School Meals as for every Free School Meal registration made, the school receives improved funding.

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:

Income Support (IS)

Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSAIB) (If you receive contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance you will not qualify.)

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Child Tax Credit (CTC) provided you do not receive Working Tax Credit and that your annual income (as assessed by her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190.

Guaranteed Pension Credit (GPC)

Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ – payment you receive for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Young people who receive Income Support (IS) or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA) in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals at sixth form.

Did you know…?

….that entitlement to receive free school meals on these criteria applies to all pupils at The Cotswold School, including those in the Sixth Form.

…that pupils claiming Free School Meals have a really wide choice of options every day – ranging from a full set meal with pudding and a drink to a Sandwich, Baguette, Jacket Potato or Pasta King – all with fruit and a drink.

….that there is no fuss at the tills for pupils claiming Free School Meals.  With our new cashless catering system, every student scans their thumb or enters their PIN at the till – everyone goes through the identical process.  The system is so discrete in fact that even the till operators cannot see the status of student accounts.

To Apply:

You can apply online by clicking here

Or you can download the application form as a pdf by clicking here as a word document by clicking here.

Once completed, you can attach proof of your benefit and return it to the Finance Office at The Cotswold School or send it directly to Shire Hall at the address supplied on the application form.

For further information, download the Free School Meals leaflet by clicking here  or see the Gloucestershire County Council website.


School Uniform

If your child is transferring into Year 7 (from primary to secondary) next September and you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed above for Free School Meals, you may qualify for a Uniform Grant. To find out more about the Uniform Grant, click here.

Further information and an application form can be found here (as a pdf) or here (as a word document).   You may also like to read the information provided on the Gloucestershire County Council website.