Pupil Opportunity Fund
The St John’s RC Academy Pupil Opportunity Fund provides grants to pupils to access opportunities which they would otherwise not be able to afford. Funding for the Pupil Opportunity Fund comes from a variety of sources, including the generosity of donors, the St Vincent De Paul Group from St John’s RC Church and the Scottish Pupil Equity Fund.
This fund is aimed at those families who:
- live in SIMD 1 &2 (you can check here)
- are entitled to free school meals
- are entitled to a school clothing grant
- receive state benefits.
The fund can also help those who:
- are over 16 and in receipt of Educational Maintenance Allowance
At St John’s RC Academy, we want every child to grow into confident, successful young people. To do this, we encourage all our children and young people to develop the talents they have, to grasp opportunities, and make outstanding efforts to improve themselves every single day. This is the recipe for real, life-long success. We also know that not every child has the same start in life and not every child has parents who can afford to pay for everything they would like. We try to help in a number of ways.
We help parents budget through our ‘Cost of the School Day’ initiative where we try to outline the expected costs over an academic year. You can find the secondary information here, and the nursery/primary information here. We have kept our uniform simple and we do not ask parents to use a single supplier (although we do have a supplier who is competitively priced). We believe a good uniform policy is not only good for our community spirit and pride, but also for families on a budget. Our school uniform policy is here. We are mindful of advice from organisations like the EIS who want us to ‘poverty proof’ our school, and our need to balance this with requests from our pupils who want us to organise opportunities (because it’s often more affordable via the school than doing the same thing as a whole family).
We want to offer opportunities for all, and we don’t want our children and young people to feel alienated because they can’t take part. We aim to live out the values we have chosen: fairness, achievement, respect and love.
If you have a child at St John’s RC Academy and wish to apply for a grant from the Pupil Opportunity Fund, please download the application form here and follow the instructions on how this should be returned. Applications can also be emailed to email@example.com and marked for the attention of your child’s depute headteacher (nursery and primary) or guidance teacher (secondary).
Please note that funds are limited and not all applications will be successful. Due to limited funds we have agreed that there will be the following limits on any applications for funding:
- Cost is under £50 – up to 100% grant will be considered
- Cost is between £50-£200 – up to £50 or 50% grant will be considered (whichever is greater)
- Cost is over £200 – up to £100 grant will be considered.
Only 1 application per child can normally be considered in an academic year. Please also note that there may be financial help available to you from other places. Perth & Kinross Council has a dedicated Welfare Rights Team that provides a universal, free, confidential and impartial welfare rights advice and representation service to the residents of Perth & Kinross. The Team has online information which includes benefits for parents, children and young people.
The ‘Cost of the School Day’ and the ‘Pupil Opportunity Fund’ are new initiatives to improve opportunities and promote equity. If you have any feedback, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org