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Free School Meals and Catering

Free School Meals

If you think you are eligible for the free school meals service, please visit the  Leicester City Council website and click on 'apply online for free school meals' to compete the online form.  Alternatively, you can call 0116 454 1009.

Free school meal qualifying criteria:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • National asylum seeker support
  • 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)
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Working tax credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit

Even if you do not intend for your child to eat school meals, completing the form could help the college to access extra funding through the Pupil Premium, which is spent on raising achievement of Fullhurst students.

The Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund exists to support Fullhurst students whose family circumstances mean that they may need support and financial assistance, for example with buying uniform or participating in educational trips and events.  As there are only limited funds, we endeavour to ensure that grants reach those most in need of support.  If this is something that you would like to enquire about, please contact your child's Head of Year. 

Holiday Food Programme

Leicester City Council are running a programme throughout the summer holidays to provide food and fun activities for children  who receive free school meals. The programme aims to alleviate any pressure on families during the holidays and provide engagement for local children.

To find out more follow this link.

Our catering options

Fullhurst Community College operates a cashless catering system.  Students can add money to their student cards at any of the machines around college or make payments on the school app.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, £2.60 is added to their account daily.  This will not show as a balance on the account at the machines but will show up when students go to pay for their meal.  Free school meals provision is completely discrete and there is no visible way for students to identify who has or has not received a free school meal.

Our in-house catering team are passionate about fresh, healthy food that tastes great. They know that the right nutrients can affect everyone’s mood, behaviour, health, growth and even their ability to concentrate and by encouraging students to eat a well-balanced diet establishes healthy eating now and for the future.

Available daily in the dining room is a core menu with meat and vegetarian choices; pasta, jackets, salads and home made soup.  View this term's menu at the bottom of the page. 

The price is right

Meal deals and loyalty schemes are available to ensure that students get the best value.  Look out for termly promotions and special offers. Sample prices:

Item Price
Two course meal deal, pasta/jacket deal or packed lunch deal £2.60
Mineral water 500ml 55p
Dessert and fruit pots from 44p
Cakes and tray bakes from 44p

View school meal balances and top them up at any time

Please use the app to make any payments and top-up your child’s food account.  To make a payment within the app select the 'Payments' globe from the navigation banner.

Please read this guide for further instructions. 

Get in touch

Please feel free to contact our friendly catering team on  0116 282 4326 or via email at

Fullhurst Community College

Imperial Campus
Imperial Avenue

Fosse Campus
3 Ellesmere Rd

tel: 0116 282 4326
fax: 0116 282 5781