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Financial support for students

Guidance on financial support for students.

Trust funds

Financial awards are available from the Dorset Education Fund, administered by Dorset Community Foundation (a registered charity). People in Dorset seeking grant support should apply to the Dorset Community Foundation.

Other trusts

Financial assistance may be available from other charitable trusts in Dorset not administered by this authority.

Able and gifted pupils

The following trusts and charities can give grants to very able and gifted pupils to help them develop their potential.

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM)

Awards for Young Musicians s a registered charity established in 1998 to help musically gifted children aged 5 to 18 years by giving them financial awards to help them to achieve their potential.

Clingan's Trust

Grants are awarded towards expenses relating to education and/or training for a career and also for music, the arts and social and physical training.

Applicants must be under 25 with the family home in the trust area which is broadly speaking Christchurch, Highcliffe, parts of Bournemouth to the east of the town centre and other outlying areas to the north and east of Christchurch.

Application forms are available from Clingan's Trust, please note the criteria given was provided by the trust and may be a general guide, not definitive.

Sutton Trust

This trust's main objective is to provide educational opportunities for young people in the state sector with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of academically-able young people from non-privileged backgrounds. It will support projects that are concerned with raising their aspirations and developing potential within a formal education setting.

Applications from groups that organise formal education projects or undertake education research are welcomed. Priority is given to projects which focus on Maths, Science and Technology and Modern Foreign Languages. The amount of grant provided depends on the size and length of the project.

Please contact Sutton Trust for further information.

Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

This scheme supports young people in England who want to continue with a formal education or take up employment beyond the statutory school leaving age but also want to realise their potential as an athlete.

Funding of up to £3,000 is available towards the costs of sports medicine, coaching, physiotherapy, lifestyle management and training facilities.

Find out more about TASS

School clothing grants

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

Schools may be willing to provide some help to parents with the costs of purchasing school uniforms. Uniforms are specific requirements laid down by schools, and relate only to the child's attendance at the school. No assistance should be expected from schools for general, non-school specific items of clothing such as coats, or shoes.

There is no requirement upon schools to provide any form of assistance. However, schools should be aware that restricting access to education through excluding a child for breaching school uniform policy, when the breach relates directly to the child's family being unable to afford to buy the uniform, might not be viewed as acceptable. However, disciplinary action as a response to wilful and open defiance of the uniform policy can, and perhaps should, be regarded as perfectly acceptable.

Parents who require assistance with purchasing school uniforms should contact the relevant school direct. Remember that schools are closed during August, and so you'll need to plan ahead for September planning.

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