Accessibility Statement
Skip to main content
Chat icon Chat with us live

Education Benefits - A Guide for Parents


Free School Meals

For information on free school meals use this link:  

Music Tuition

Families who are in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit only, with an income less than £16190,00 should qualify for free Music Tuition from Tameside Music Service for their child/children through their school. Apply directly to your child’s school for details on what evidence they require.

Free Bus Pass

Pupils transferring to secondary school in September are not entitled to a free bus pass unless the nearest available High School is over three miles, by the shortest available walking route from their home. In the case of Roman Catholic pupils this will be the associated Tameside Roman Catholic High School.

However, pupils who travel more than three miles, and fall within the following categories may apply for a free bus pass:

  1. Families who are eligible for free school meals
  2. Pupils with special needs or physical difficulties.
  3. Pupils unable to gain a place at a high school within three miles.
  4. Pupils who during their last 2 years of secondary education have moved house within Tameside, or from outside the Borough, but wish to remain at their current school.

For further details and Application Form on Free Bus Pass.

For further information please contact the Education Services (Admissions Section) Telephone Number 0161 342 4004

If parents feel they would like to apply for some help, they should fill in the appropriate application form, available from their child's school, or any Customer Service Office.

Is it worth applying?

If you get income support or income based job seekers allowance, you will qualify for free school meals for your child/children - but you must complete an application form.

If you need further information or advice, contact the Home School Support Service using the contact details below.

For further information please contact us using the contact details below.


Contact information

Send us a message
0161 342 2112
Education Welfare Service
Tameside Council
PO Box 317
View location on map