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Free School Meals

To apply:

You need to complete an application form and submit it to Access Oldham. You do not need to re-apply for free school meals every year unless your circumstances change.


You can apply for free school meals if:

1) Your child attends a school maintained by a local education authority and you and your child live in the Oldham Borough. (If you do not live in Oldham and your child attends a local authority maintained school in Oldham please contact your local council for advice).

2) You receive any of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)

  • An income-related employment and support allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the current year’s level

  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finished, or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week.

  • Universal Credit


  • You, as the parent or guardian, must receive Child Benefit for the child you are responsible for.

  • Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

If your circumstances change

If your circumstances or those of your child change, free school meals may be withdrawn, the most common reasons include:

  • The parent or guardian ceases to receive a qualifying benefit

  • The child leaves school

  • The family move out of the borough

  • The child goes onto packed lunches (long term)

  • The child is absent from school for a long period of time

All changes of circumstance must be reported by the claimant (schools can also report changes of circumstance).

Contact for free school meals

In person

Access Oldham


0161 770 6688


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North Chadderton School is part of The Oak Trust.

Headteacher & Chief Executive:
Ms J Clark

Senior Director of Curriculum, Standards and Effectiveness / Inclusion / SENCo Disadvantaged Students: 

Mrs S. North

North Chadderton School
Chadderton Hall Road, 
Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 OBN.
Tel: 0161 624 9939 


Mrs G Tonge
Mrs A Galgani

Chair of the Oak Trust Board - Mrs L Brierley, c/o North Chadderton School.
Chair of Local Advisory Committee - Mr G Crabtree.


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