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PDG Access Grant 2021/22 - For September 2021 year groups

The PDG Access Grant is to assist families on low incomes to purchase the following items: 
  • School uniform including coats and shoes;
  • School sports kit including footwear;
  • IT Equipment: laptop and tablets ONLY (PDG Access should only be used in a limited situation, where a school is unable to loan equipment to the family);
  • Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance;
  • Equipment e.g. school bags and stationery;
  • Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology; and
  • Equipment for out of school hour’s trips such as outdoor learning e.g. waterproofs.

The Funding is available to pupils who are eligible for free school meals entering all school year groups in September 2021.

The Funding is also available to all looked after children of compulsory school age. The local authority in which the looked after child attends school is responsible for using the grant.

Pupils who receive Free School Meals due to transitional protection arrangements (pupils in receipt of protected free school meals as they do not currently meet the eligibility criteria) do not qualify for this funding.

Funding of up to £125 is available for each eligible learner with the exception of those in Year 7.  Eligible learners in Year 7 will be entitled to a maximum of £200.

Only one claim is allowed per learner, per academic year.

If your child attends a Primary, Special School or Pupil Referral Unit will need a personal key-code to process your application. If you do not have this and you think you may be entitled to the grant, please contact your school in the first instance. For enquiries during school holiday periods please email

Applications are open for 2021/22 until 30th June 2022
If you have any issues with the application process, please email

If your child attends a Secondary or All Through school, the school your child attends will be responsible for administering this grant and they will notify you with regards their procedures and your entitlement.