Pupil Development Grant (PDG) – Access

Learners currently eligible for Free School Meals can apply for the grant of £225 per learner, and £300 for those learners entering year 7, recognizing the increased costs associated with starting secondary school. Please note that the grant has been increased by £100 for all age groups for this year only.

Families who are eligible for free school meals can submit a claim if they have a child in:

  • primary school from Reception Year to Year 6
  • secondary school from Year 7 to Year 11

All looked after children qualify for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not.

Full time pupils attending Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 are automatically entitled to Universal Primary Free School Meals (UPFSM).

However, please note that if your child/ren are in these specific years, you will not automatically be entitled to a school uniform grant (PDG ACCESS). Therefore, if you wish to receive a school uniform grant (PDG - Access) payment, you will still need to complete a Free School Meals Application Form.

Families are only entitled to claim once per child, per school year.

The 2022 to 2023 scheme will open 1 July 2022.

If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals then please complete a Free School Meals application form and your PDG-Access will be considered at the same time.