School uniform and financial support
School uniform grants (also known as school clothing grants)
You may be able to claim school clothing grants for children attending school.
Uniforms are specific requirements laid out by schools. You cannot get help from schools for non-specific items of clothing such as coats or shoes.
Schools do not have to provide help to buy school uniform. Your child's school should not exclude your child if they do not follow the school uniform policy because you're unable to pay for their school uniform.
Your child's school can take disciplinary action if you do not follow the school uniform policy.
Get help to buy a school uniform
Contact your child's school if you need help buying a school uniform. Make sure you contact them before they close in July for the summer.
Find out more about advice about money for young people on our youth link pages.
The Dorset Community Foundationhas set up an education fund to help make sure all young people have equal opportunities to reach their full potential and can access education and training.
Family Actiondistribute grants to individuals over the age of 14.
Able and gifted pupils
The following trusts and charities can give grants to very able and gifted pupils to help them develop their potential. Search their websites to find any eligibility criteria:
Awards for Young Musicians (AYM)
Awards for Young Musicians a registered charity established in 1998. It helps musically gifted children aged 5 to 18 years.
Grants for expenses relating to:
Find out more and apply at the Clingan's Trust website.
- education and training for a career
- the arts
- social and physical training
Through the Sutton Trust, young people are given the chance to fulfil their potential, regardless of their family background, school or where they live.
Priority is given to projects that focus on:
- science and technology
- modern foreign languages
The amount of grant provided depends on the size and length of the project.
Please contact Sutton Trust to find out more.
Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS)
This scheme supports young people who want to realise their potential as an athlete. It allows them to continue with a formal education or take up employment beyond the statutory school leaving age.
Funding of up to £3,000 is available towards the costs of:
- sports medicine
- lifestyle management
- training facilities
Find out more about TASS