Can children apply for free school meals themselves?

(10 Posts)
Shitemum Thu 19-Jan-17 17:39:50

My 2nd year 13 yo child has just told me that she has been buying/sharing lunch with another child who should be on free school meals but according to my child the mum is a junkie and she hasn't applied for them. The other child never has any money either and usually gets no lunch except for what my child gives her. I don't have an issue with my child sharing her lunch even though we are on free meals. She gets enough to eat and is relatively privileged despite my low income. She was afraid to tell me she's been helping out this other child for ages because she thought I'd be annoyed grin(
My question is is there any way the child can get free meals without the parent applying for them? TIA

emma12344 Thu 19-Jan-17 18:23:56

I would speak to the head teacher about this. I'm sure they will be able to figure it out and gets these kids a proper lunch.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Thu 19-Jan-17 18:29:42

Your child sounds lovely and very caring. You should be proud flowers

Groovee Thu 19-Jan-17 18:33:11

I would speak to your child's guidance teacher.

You should be proud of your Dd for being so kind.

Shitemum Thu 19-Jan-17 18:40:16

(oops should have been a sad face not a laughing one in my OP)
Yes, I am proud of her. I told her the child is not our responsibility but on the other hand everyone is our responsibility and she said 'I know exactly what you mean'.
I suspect there are other children in the same situation as there is a higher than average proportion of kids from deprived backgrounds at the school but I think I'll speak to the guidance teacher without mentioning names and see if they have any protocol. It just rankles that the kids who need help the most aren't getting it.

Datec Thu 19-Jan-17 18:40:32

Good for your daughter in sharing and also telling you... I would contact the school guidance teacher and speak to them. They will be able to step in.

Datec Thu 19-Jan-17 18:41:30

Just seen your post and totally agree

Starfish347 Fri 20-Jan-17 10:34:16

what a lovely daughter you have, that would make me very proud flowers
I hope this situation gets sorted out.

LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett Fri 20-Jan-17 10:52:13

I know a primary school teacher who had the same situation with a pupil and unfortunately the parent has to apply and sign the form. Teacher couldn't do it on the child's behalf sad She made extra sandwiches fir that child every single day. Clutching at straws though, maybe it's different at secondary? Guidance teacher probably the best shout.

Your DD sounds lovely.

Shitemum Fri 20-Jan-17 21:31:20

Thanks for the comments everyone.

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