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If your child is eligible for free school meals, the school will get extra funding for your child's education when you apply – £1,320 per child in primary school and £935 per child in secondary school.
This funding is called Pupil Premium.
The money can be used to help with the cost of school trips, extra teaching staff and activities.
Nursery (pre-schoolers age 3 and 4)
Your child could be eligible for free school meals if they attend a maintained nursery school all day and you receive a qualifying benefit.
Infant school - Reception and Years 1 and 2
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 get free school meals regardless of your income. Get in touch with your school if you haven't had a letter about this. But if you or your partner do receive a qualifying benefit, please apply or the school won't get the funding.
Junior and Senior school – Year 3 to Year 11
Your child could be eligible for free school meals if you or your partner receives a qualifying benefit.
If you or your partner receives any of the following benefits you can apply for free school meals.
There is no change to eligibility criteria if you receive a legacy benefit.
If you receive or are moving to Universal Credit, your child will get free school meals until March 2022, regardless of any changes to you or your partner's income.
After March 2022, existing children who no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
For more information on applying, please see the Warwickshire County Council website: