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Help available for kid’s school uniform

School uniform is expensive. Many parents struggle with the cost of providing new school uniform for their children at the start of a new school year in September. There is help available for local families.

Grants available

Test Valley does not offer a school uniform grant to local families but you can ask your child’s school directly about their pupil premium. Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible, which is why you need to speak to the school directly to see if they can offer you help with the cost of school uniform, or maybe they have second hand uniform available that they can offer to you.

Parents who work in supermarkets can apply for a new £150 clothing grant to help with the cost of school uniforms. The School Essentials Grant has been launched by the charity GroceryAid to help ease the financial burden of kids going back to school in September. The School Essentials Grant was launched on July 1 and allows qualifying families to apply for £150 to help bridge the financial gap.To get the grant, yourself or your partner that you live with must currently work in the grocery industry, and have been for at least 12 months. You can apply for The Schools Essentials Grant directly through the GroceryAid website.

Local Facebook groups

Second hand School uniform _ Andover, Hants – Click here to join

School Uniform request, sale, swap or free…Andover and surrounding – Click here to join

A.C.E. Andover Clothing Exchange And Baby Bank – When your child has outgrown their clothes or the weather has changed, exchange the clothes for the next size or season. Click here to join

Some local school have their own private Facebook groups. Ask at the school office or your schools PTA group.

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