To get free school meals a child must attend a primary or secondary school in Torbay.

Universal infant free school meals

Since September 2014 all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state-funded schools in England receive free school meals. The government made this decision after a recommendation in the School Food Plan.

How to apply for free school meals in Torbay

Many families are eligible to apply for free school meals, a process that takes into account household income. The Torbay Council has published some useful information and an online application at

It is important to remember that if a child is in Reception, Year 1 or 2 and would be entitled to a free school meal, regardless of the Universal Infant Free School Meals programme, parents or carers should still register using the council form. This is because the child will be eligible to access Pupil Premium funding which will of course affect school provision and capacity for development.

Visit The Children’s Food Trust to find examples of what other schools are doing to encourage children to eat well.  The School Food Plan also provides information on what schools can do to maximise take-up of school meals through its ‘what works well’ page.

Remember to review Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services alongside these standards to help reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar in children’s diets.