A child with a ‘current’ Free School Meals claim is moving schools – how can their claim be transferred?

Moving within Devon:

  • Claimants – Please communicate eligibility via your child’s new school
  • Schools -To add a child to your FSM List – please email the FSM Team – freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk with the student details including the start date

Moving into Devon:

  • If Transitional Protection doesn’t apply the parent will need to apply for Free School Meals through DCC.

Transitional Protection

Please note the guidance from the DfE below: –

There are three steps to checking if a pupil should be receiving transitional protections:

Step 1: the school should consult the pupil’s Common Transfer File. This is a form that should be completed whenever a child moves school (either as an in-year transfer, or if moving from primary to secondary). The form should indicate whether the pupil was previously eligible for FSM – if they were, they should be receiving transitional protections.

Step 2: if the Common Transfer File does not provide the required information, the school should contact the pupil’s previous school or local authority to find out if they were previously eligible for FSM. If they were, they should be receiving transitional protections.

Step 3: if the previous school/LA are unable to provide this information, the school or local authority should check their Key to Success download. This will indicate whether the pupil was previously eligible for FSM – if they were, they should be receiving transitional protections.

Moving out of Devon:

  • A claimant will communicate their Free School Meals status with their new out of county school and Devon schools will send over this status through the Common Transfer File.