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Thomas Deacon Academy Learner Support Fund

Thomas Deacon Academy - Learner Support Fund – Year 3 – Year 13

1 Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant from the Learner Support Fund the student/s must be:

  • in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or Pupil Premium (PP)
  • on roll in Year 3 – 13 in the academic year in which the grant will be processed
  • have good attendance

2 What For?

  • Assistance with the purchase of school uniform. 
  • Assistance with school trip costs.
  • Assistance with Duke of Edinburgh costs.
  • Assistance with any other essential costs, as determined by the panel (see below).

3 Who is eligible?

All year 3 – 13 students in receipt of FSM or PP are eligible.  Those affected by extreme or difficult personal circumstances may be considered by the panel (see below).

4 How will payments happen?

School uniform will be supplied by the Academy shop on receipt of instructions by the panel.

Parents/carers of students in receipt of FSM or PP will be advised of the availability of financial assistance for school trips, Duke of Edinburgh and other costs by their house or Year group leader during induction.  Requests for assistance must be in writing, addressed to The Principal and will be considered by the appropriate remissions panel (RCa/EGa).  Parents/carers will be advised by letter of the financial assistance agreed by RCa/EGa copies of which will be forwarded to Finance to arrange the transfer of the funds.

Rick Carroll, Principal of TDA is the budget holder for the Learner Support Fund and will monitor the expenditure accordingly.

5 Process

Parents/carers of students in receipt of FSM/PP will be advised of the Learner Support Fund on a needs basis.

Completed applications forms will be processed on demand.  Please see attached form below.

Applications will be considered by the appropriate panel (as above) on demand.

If the parents/carers are unhappy with the decision of the panel they may appeal using the Academy’s complaints procedure.