Free School Meals

Wednesday 18th May 2022 - available for children entitled to free school meals - deadline for applications is 22/5/22

HOLIDAY ACTIVITY – May 2022 Half Term

Email to Parents:

Good afternoon 

May Half Term School Holidays are fast approaching. MCRactive and Manchester City Council are offering hundreds of FREE places for children eligible for benefits related free school meals and those with no recourse to public funds; to access a variety of activities over the May Half Term period. Activities will range from Sport and Physical Activities, Arts and Crafts and sometimes with a  variety of Day Trips.

In addition to the activities, their booked place will include a FREE meal during the day.

For more information & to book your child’s space*:

You will need to sign up for a MCRactive Go account (sign in) to book free Spring Half-Term activities. Once signed up, log into your account – Find Activities – Search by Category ‘MCR Holiday Activity’ - . Use code: 15918 to book free eligible activities.

*Please only book your child onto a holiday camp if they will be attending. Spaces at each camp are limited. If you book a space and your child can no longer attend, please cancel your space as far in advance as possible, to allow opportunity for another child to take their space at the activity and free meal. Bookings will close 4 days prior to the activity taking place.

Kind Regards


Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Information for the summer holidays 2021 – please read Parent Guidance and Contact Details issued 22.6.21

Monday 21st June 2021

Manchester City Council have sent this link for you to watch.  They will be providing a summer school programme which is for families entitled to free school meals.  They will provide activities and meals throughout the summer holidays and you will need to sign up to make arrangements for your child to participate.  Further information will be released this week and we will keep you updated.  Please note that at the moment no provision has been made from the Government to provide supermarket vouchers over the summer holidays this scheme has been set up to replace them. (HAF)

You may have already seen the short film featuring Marcus Rashford MBE which has been launched, calling on parents to sign up their children to the Government’s expanded Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF). If not please see the link  Watch the film here.

Information issued 4th January 2021

We will again be offering the weekly school lunch bags to our families who are entitled to benefit related free school meals.  If you would like to receive one of these provisions, please contact the school office on telephone number 0161 681 1385.  These can be collected every Wednesday from the school kitchen.  If you think you are now entitled to free school meals you can make a claim following either of the links here:-  or

If you have any queries or wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Urgent – information released by Manchester City Council on 24th October 2020 

Manchester City Council has agreed to provide funding for all children from Nursery class to Year 11 who are eligible for a benefits related free school meal over the half term break.. This does not include children who get a free school meal through the Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme whereby all children in Reception, year one and two receive a meal without charge. These children are not classed as free school meals for this scheme unless you are entitled to benefit related free school meals. Full details are below for eligibility.

Eligible families will receive a cash payment of £15 per child for the week and will need to claim through the Welfare provision scheme on the Council’s website – the link is copied below. The scheme will continue to be open for 2 weeks after half term up until 13th November so that families can apply retrospectively if they are unable to claim this week. The council will be making all of their front line service aware of this too so they can support the families they are working with to apply for the funding as soon as possible. Unfortunately, school is unable to apply for this on your behalf all claims are to be made directly with Manchester City Council.

Please click the following link to make this claim:

Applying for Free School Meals

If you think you are entitled to free school meals, you will need to apply for this entitlement (you can collect a form from the school office and we will perform the check for you) or apply on line using either of these links  or

Income Support
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit

This is an automatic process and St Wilfrid’s will be informed as soon as your application has been completed via the online portal.

Please contact the school office for further information on 0161 681 1385.

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