School Costs

If you are finding it difficult to budget for school uniforms, our partners can help!

Apply for a free school bus pass

Depending on your circumstances, you can get help meeting the cost of your child travelling to school

Your child may be entitled to a free school bus pass if they live in Knowsley and:

  • Attend a Knowsley School and the statutory walking distance from the home address to the school is two miles for children aged under eight, and three miles for children aged eight and over.
  • You receive a low income and your child is entitled to free school meals or the family are in receipt of the maximum level of working tax credits and the child’s secondary school is more than two miles from home but less than six miles from one of the three nearest qualifying community schools or the child’s secondary school is more than two miles from home but less than 15 miles if attending on religious or belief grounds.
  • Children between the ages of 8-11 from low income families are entitled to free transport where they live more than 2 miles from their nearest primary school.
  • The route your child walks to the nearest Knowsley School is unsafe.
  • Your child has special educational needs, a disability or mobility problem.
  • Your child has a temporary medical issue

Help with applying for a school place

Find all the information and documentation you require to apply for school places.

Further education travel support

Subsidies may be available through the further education or sixth form provider who receive funding from the Education Funding Agency in the form of a discretionary bursary.

Free school meals

School meals are free for your child or children if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less (but not if you are in work and receive Working Tax Credit)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 a month).

Family and Community Education (FACE)

FACE provides a range adult and family education accredited and non-accredited courses. They are delivered in a range of venues across the borough including schools, libraries and community venues.

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