School uniform

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

Read Welsh Government guidance on school uniform to help governing bodies implement or change a school uniform and appearance policy.

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

Contact your secondary school for details.

Pupil Development Grant/Uniform Grant 

The Welsh Government Pupil Development Grant (PDG) helps to fund a child’s school uniform and equipment, plus items for outside school activities, where families are on low incomes.

Funding has been provided for the 2022/23 academic year.

The scheme for the 2022/23 academic year will begin on 1 July 2022 and end on 30 June 2023.

The grant provides assistance to families on low incomes for the purchase of:

  • School uniform including coats and shoes
  • School sports kit including footwear
  • Uniform for enrichment activities, including but not limited to, scouts; guides; cadets; martial arts; sports; performing arts or dance
  • Equipment e.g school bags and stationary
  • Specialist equipment where new curriculum activities begin such as design and technology
  • Laptops or tablets
  • Equipment for out of school hour’s trips such as outdoor learning e.g waterproofs.

A payment of £225 will be made per pupil in all qualifying school years with the exception of pupils entering Year 7 who will each receive a payment of £300. The 2022 payments are due to be made mid-August.

Please note that the value of this grant has been increased by £100 as above for one year only (2022/23) per eligible pupil.

Who is eligible?

Pupils eligible for free school meals can apply for the PDG grant for the September 2022/23 school year, if, in September 2022, they are:

  • entering reception class or years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of maintained primary schools
  • entering year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 of maintained secondary schools
  • aged 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 years in special schools, special needs resource bases or pupil referral units

Funding is also available to all looked-after children of compulsory school age.

In a change from the previous arrangements, the local authority in which the looked-after child attends school is responsible for using the grant.

Pupils with no recourse to public funds entering the above years in the 2022-23 school year are also entitled to assistance under this funding.

Pupils who receive free school meals due to transitional protection arrangements do not qualify for this funding.

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