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.