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Services in Christchurch

Financial support for students

Trust funds

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.

Clingan's Trust

Grants for expenses relating to:
  • education and training for a career
  • music
  • the arts
  • social and physical training

Find out more and apply at the Clingan's Trust website.

Sutton Trust

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:

  • maths
  • 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
  • coaching
  • physiotherapy
  • lifestyle management
  • training facilities

Find out more about TASS

School clothing grants

Parents may be able to claim school clothing grants for children attending school.

Uniforms are specific requirements laid out by schools. No help should be expected from schools for non specific items of clothing such as coats, or shoes.

There is no requirement for schools to give help but, it is unacceptable for a school to exclude a child for breaching school uniform policy if it is because the child's family is unable to afford the uniform.

Disciplinary action as a response to wilful and open defiance of the uniform policy is perfectly acceptable.

If you need help purchasing school uniforms, contact the relevant school. Schools close in August, so contact the school early so that they're ready for September.

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