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.

How to apply:
For a full assessment, to apply for a bus pass or to renew a bus pass, call into any council One Stop Shop or call the Contact Centre on 0151 443 2500.

Help with applying for a school place

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

Primary & Secondary school admissions – 0151 443 5142/5143
In Year Admissions – 0151 443 3372/3373

Further education travel support

Subsidies may be available through your further education or sixth form provider, who receive funding from the Education Funding Agency in the form of a discretionary bursary. This may be used by the provider in any way to support students, including travel support.

Inquiries about this subsidy should be directed to the further education establishment / school your Child is attending.

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)

How to apply:
If you submit a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you are in receipt of one of the qualifying incomes listed above, we will automatically assess your entitlement to Free School Meals (FSM). This is completed at the point that we assess your entitlement to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. There is no need for you to apply separately for FSM.

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit and have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400, you should complete the ‘application form for free school meals’.

Note: If you are over 18 and still attend school, you can claim for free school meals if you receive any of the first three allowances listed above.

Residents in receipt of Universal Credit should complete the free school meals application form and return it to any One Stop Shop.

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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If you need support applying for Universal Credit or on any of the points covered here, please get in touch.

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