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To be eligible for a grant from the Learner Support Fund the student must be in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or Pupil Premium (PP), on roll in Year 7 – 13 in the academic year in which the grant will be processed and have good attendance.

What For?

  • Assistance with the purchase of School Uniform.

  • Assistance with school trip costs.

  • Assistance with Duke of Edinburgh costs.

  • Assistance with any other essential costs, as determined by the panel (see below).

Who is eligible?

All year 7 -13 students in receipt of FSM or PP are eligible. Those affected by extreme or difficult personal circumstances may be considered by the panel (see below).

How will payments happen?

School uniform will be supplied by the Academy shop on receipt of instructions by the panel.

Parents/carers of students in receipt of FSM or PP will be advised of the availability of financial assistance for school trips, Duke of Edinburgh and other costs by their Head of House, during induction. Requests for assistance must be in writing, addressed to The Principal and will be considered by the appropriate remissions panel. Parents/carers will be advised by letter of the financial assistance agreed by Geoff Walls/Simon Smith, copies of which will be forwarded to Finance to arrange the transfer of the funds.

Simon Smith is the budget holder for the Learner Support Fund and will monitor the expenditure accordingly.


  1. Parents/carers of students in receipt of FSM/PP will be advised of the Student Support Fund on a needs basis.

  2. Applications, in writing, will be processed on demand.

  3. Applications will be considered by the appropriate panel (as above) on demand.

  4. If the parents/carers are unhappy with the decision of the panel they may appeal using the Academy’s complaints procedure.