Benefits for primary and secondary school pupils

Grants for five to 16-year-old pupils

Thirteen years can be a long time to support your child at school. But a variety of grants and funding are available.

If you are receiving state benefit whilst your child is at school, you could be eligible for free school meals and financial help towards a school uniform.

Different rules apply to academies. Academies are state-maintained but independently run schools in England. They are not under local authority control. You need to speak to the academy to see what, if any financial assistance, they might offer. 

Please note, not all academies have the word 'academy' in their name. If in doubt, please contact the school to check if it has academy status.

Under 16s travel free on buses

Don't forget, all under 16s can travel free on London buses and trams, with the appropriate Oyster photocard. This is available to all children, regardless of their family income.

This photocard also allows them to travel on tube, DLR and overground services at a child rate.

Application forms are available at all post offices in Greater London. Alternatively, you can ring the Oyster helpline to request a form.

More information about free travel for under 16s can be found on the Transport for London website.

Children with special needs

If your child has severe special needs, they may be able to catch a free school bus.