Help with school clothing costs

Only in very exceptional circumstances will we consider offering assistance with school clothing.

Assistance with school uniform is often available from schools themselves, but also from various local charities. If you do not meet any of the criteria listed below, we would suggest that you contact your child's school in the first instance.

You can also check what financial support is available from your local district council on their website.

The amount provided is for school badged items of about:

  • £20 for primary children
  • £50 for secondary children

Eligibility criteria

We will generally consider applications for assistance, only where the applicant is eligible for free school meals and qualifies on one of the following grounds:

  • Where a pupil is the victim of severe family dislocation, especially where there is a need for the pupil to be moved and have to change school.
  • Where a pupil’s household has been affected by fire or flood and their school clothing is damaged or lost.
  • Where a pupil is the subject of an education, health and care plan and where the terms require a change of school during the academic year.
  • Where a pupil’s medical condition warrants additional support.
  • Other exceptional circumstances.

A low income in itself would not generally be considered as an exceptional circumstance.

Apply for assistance

Your application must include:

  1. Which of the eligibility criteria you meet and how.
  2. Supporting evidence from an appropriate professional, for example, a letter from a social worker, support worker, school or doctor. 

Please include as much information and evidence as possible to support your application.

Make your application in writing by email to the relevant office below:

Lancaster, Morecambe, Wyre and Fylde (North)

Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire (South)

Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale (East)


Should your application be refused by the Area Co-ordinator you can ask for your case to be reviewed by the Service, Marketing and Compliance Manager.


If your request is refused by the Senior Officer, then you may submit a written appeal: