Extending free school meals

From September 2023, we are extending universal free school meals to include children who live in the borough and attend secondary school (up to the age of 16).

+ If you are already get free meals from your school, you do not need to do anything.
+ If you do not get benefits and have an annual net earned income of more than £7,400, you do not need to do anything.
+ If you get benefits but are not currently receiving free school meals, it is important that you fill in your child’s registration form.

Ocean Estate Bursary Scheme

The Ocean Estate Bursary is operated by the Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Further Education Trust.

To apply, you must:

  • have been living in the borough for at least 3 years at the application closing date 
  • also be a resident of the Ocean Estate on this date 
  • not be excluded from welfare benefits due to your immigration status

Applications are now closed