School uniform

The governing body of each school decides on the uniform policy or dress code and appearance policy.

The Welsh Assembly Government has published Guidance for Governing Bodies on School Uniform and Appearance Policy to help governing bodies in implementing or changing a school uniform and appearance policy.

The financial support towards the costs of school uniform previously available to year 7 students eligible for free school meals was provided by the Welsh Government.

This scheme ended at the end of the 2017/2018 financial year.

Most Newport secondary schools have committed to developing a school uniform recycling scheme aimed at year 6 pupils moving to year 7, where used uniform in good condition can be passed on.

Please ask your secondary school for details.

Pupil Development Grant 

The Welsh Government’s Pupil Development Grant (PDG) helps to fund a child’s school uniform and equipment, plus items for outside school activities. Funding has been provided for the 2018/19 academic year.

Who is eligible?

If your child receives free school meals for September 2018 then you will be entitled to the PDG if the child:

  • Is starting reception class in primary school
  • Is starting year 7 in secondary school
  • Is aged 4 or 11 and in a special school, special needs resource bases or pupil referral unit

Pupils must live in Newport. If a child attends a Newport school but lives elsewhere the application must be made through the local authority where they live.

You do not need to apply for the PDG if your child already receives free school meals

If you are eligible and have not submitted an application you should submit a free school meals application for September 2018.

When the application is processed and approved you will receive payment of £125.

Payments will begin to be issued in the last week of August 2018.

Further information

On Friday 8 June 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Education in Wales, announced a new Pupil Development Grant - Access, to support pupils at the beginning of primary school and on transition to secondary school. 

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