Cost of the School Day
We are committed to ensuring that every child at Stow Primary School has equal access to all opportunities available to them, regardless of financial position.
As a school we looked at reducing the cost of the school day to ensure that all our children have access to resources and activities which cost money. More than 1 in 5 children across Scotland are officially recognised as living in poverty. In addition, 7 out of 10 children living in relative poverty are in working households.
It is important that every family is aware of the support that our school can provide and therefore this section of the website provides details of some of the support available.
In addition, our school receives Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) to help close the poverty-related attainment gap. Our PEF allocation is based on the number of pupils claiming free meals and clothing grants, £1200 per pupil – we encourage you to claim the benefits available to you as this will ensure the school receives the correct amount of PEF and enable us to provide additional support to benefit individual pupils.
Stow Poverty Proofing Policy
- We will provide a paper version of Scottish Borders Council Clothing Grant application forms at enrolment and for any new pupils.
- An electronic link to Clothing Grant application forms will be included in our monthly newsletters.
Office staff will offer to help anyone who may need assistance completing the forms.
- We will positively promote the wearing of the school uniform to create a school identity. In addition this helps prevent ‘competition’ among pupils for the latest designer clothing/footwear.
- The only school branded item we will ask pupils to wear is the school sweatshirt/cardigan/jumper which can be purchased with our logo from Border Embroideries. Although other branded uniform items are also available from this supplier we have a flexible approach so parents can look at a range of suppliers.
- We have a ‘Pre-Loved Shop’ which is located in our entrance foyer. All parents are welcome to pop in at any time and take any items of clothing. There is the opportunity to leave a donation if they so wish.
- We have added PE kit, including gym shoes, to our ‘Pre-Loved Shop’ range.
- Parents will be asked at the end of the year if they have any items that they would like to donate to the ‘Pre-Loved Shop’. In addition any items in lost property for longer than 3 months will be added to the stock.
- If a child regularly comes to school without uniform we can provide uniform items and PE kit.
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Uniform Swap Shop
We have a uniform swap shop located in the reception
area at the front of the school.
This is where you can drop off school clothing that your
children have out grown so that they can be used by other families within the school.
The clothes that are within the swap shop are available for any family to make good use of.
The Parent Council Opportunities Fund can be accessed by any family who require a bit of financial assistance to support trips or equipment for school.
The application form for this support is simple and confidential. To apply for financial support from the Opportunities Fund please click the link below.
Opportunities Fund Application
Free School Meals and Clothing Grant
Scottish Borders Council can provide children with free school meals and financial assistance towards the purchase of school clothing. The current amount payable is £100 per qualifying child.
All children in primary one to three are automatically eligible for a free school meal. For all other children to qualify, you must meet certain criteria. For further information and to apply for support please click on the link below: