Childcare, School and Education Grants

On Tuesday 11th August our teachers will return for an in-service day and pupils will begin their return on 12th August. It may be the case that, in some schools, it will be necessary to phase pupils’ return over the period of 12th to 17th August – plans are still being finalised to ensure our compliance with the guidance - but your child’s school will be in touch with you in the normal way by the end of this week in relation to the specific arrangements for your school.

For up to date information about schools reopening in August 2020, school transport guidelines, free school meals, clothing grants, school holidays, and other relevant information, please see our Coronavirus - Information for Parents and Carers page

Free School Meals

You may be entitled to free school meals if you meet the eligibility criteria

Since 5 January 2015, all pupils in Primary 1-3 are entitled to a free school meal. Parents do not have to register for this; all pupils will receive this meal automatically.
If your child is in Primary 1-3 and attending Ulva Primary or Iona Primary, please contact the Head Teacher to discuss the local arrangements, as no lunch is currently provided.

Find out more and apply for free school meals >

School Clothing Grants

Grants of £100 are available for any child who will attend an Argyll and Bute Council school from AUGUST 2020 and who meet the eligibility criteria

The closing date for applications for clothing grant for the school session 2020/21 is 31st March 2021.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an allowance worth up to £30 per week for eligible students who are planning to continue in full-time post-compulsory education.  The allowance is payable fortnightly in arrears during term time.  Payments will be made direct to the student’s account.

The closing date for applications for Education Maintenance Allowance for the school session 2020/21 is 31st March 2021.

Find out more about Education Maintenance Allowance >

Argyll Educational Trust Award

This award is eligible for students, schools and educational institutions for several criteria, including travel and education fees and supporting projects. It is non means tested but not applicable for residents in Helensburgh and the Isle of Bute. You can find out more about this award and apply here.

The Family Information Service

The Family Information Service can provide guidance about what help is available when paying for childcare.