One in three Rothesay Academy pupils gets school clothing grant

A total of 30.7 per cent of Rothesay Academy pupils received a school clothing and footwear grant from Argyll and Bute Council in 2014-15.
A total of 30.7 per cent of Rothesay Academy pupils received a school clothing and footwear grant from Argyll and Bute Council in 2014-15.

The number of Rothesay Academy pupils receiving financial help with the cost of clothing and footwear has more than doubled in the last five years, according to a new report.

A total of 92 pupils at the Academy received a clothing and footwear grant from Argyll and Bute Council during the 2014-15 financial year - more than 30 per cent of the school roll, and almost double the Argyll and Bute average.

That compares with a figure of 40 pupils, or 10.3 per cent of the Academy’s roll, who received the grant in 2010-11.

The report, also including details of the school’s exam results, curricular activities and absence figures, among much else, will be considered by the council’s Bute and Cowal area committee when it meets in Dunoon on Tuesday, June 2.

Argyll and Bute Council provides grant support of £50 to help with the cost of school clothing and footwear to children whose parent(s) are in receipt of income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, the income-related element of employment and support allowance, council tax or housing benefit, working tax credit, or child tax credit and working tax credit (the last three subject to a maximum income level).