The Farnley Academy Supporting Achievement Fund helps disadvantaged students by providing financial support for trips, visits and other essential costs.

What can assistance be claimed for?

  • Assistance with the cost of trips / visits
  • Assistance with any other essential costs, as determined by the Supporting Achievement Panel

Who can apply?

  • Students in Year 7 – Year 11

Consideration will be given to students whose parents / carers meet one or more of the criteria listed below:

  • Eligible for free school meals
  • Experiencing temporary situations which are causing difficulty, for example, recent job loss, bereavement or other serious and unforeseen circumstances

Will applications always be successful?

Wherever possible The Farnley Academy will seek to approve Supporting Achievement applications. The Supporting Achievement Fund is limited and as a result requests for lower amounts or partial support are more likely to lead to a successful application.

How is it paid?

No money is to be paid direct to the parents / carers.


Letters regarding trips / visits / transition will make reference to the Supporting Achievement Fund, a Support Achievement Application Form must be completed to request help with funding.

On receipt of such a request, a copy of this document will be forwarded along with an application form.

Applications will be processed on demand and parents / carers will get a response in writing from the Supporting Achievement Panel. Applications will be considered by the Supporting Achievement Panel.

The panel will consist of the Principal / Vice Principal, a member of the Finance Team and a member of the Governing Body. They will refer to previous assistance that the students may have received, their individual circumstances, and their attendance levels and their behaviour record.

It should be noted that there are limited funds available, therefore applications for smaller amounts are more likely to be successful than those for large amounts.

If the parent / carer is unhappy with the decision of the panel, then they can appeal in writing within 5 working days to the Executive Principal. Should the parent / carer be unhappy with the decision of the Executive Principal, they can appeal in writing to the Chair of Governors within 5 working days. The Chair of Governor’s decision is final.

Download the Supporting Achievement Fund Application Form