Cost of Living Support
Support that can be provided by the school
School can support with a range of school related costs. This includes:
- Ensuring students have a Free School Meal if they qualify
- Our uniform swap shop is regularly held in school so that you can donate or take uniform that you may need
- We will provide financial support with uniform if required
- Providing equipment if required including a filled pencil case and a Chromebook
- Providing sanitary products for students to use at school and home
- A school library and book lending service
- Free after-school Enrichment activities open to all students
- From January, daily after school supervised homework club with hot chocolate, biscuits, internet access and an opportunity to charge Chromebooks in school
We want every student to have breakfast before the start of the school day. Breakfast Club is in the Hall from 8:20-8:50am every day where children can purchase breakfast items for a small charge. The school will fund breakfast for students if necessary and for those students who have not had breakfast and do not have money with them, they can access a ‘breakfast pass’ by speaking to their tutor or Progress Leader..
Please encourage your child to attend!
Every student can have lunch
We will ensure that every student can have lunch by:
- We will always allow a student to buy lunch, even if they do not have enough money on their account but will ask parents to pay back the money and top up their child’s account. We will support with this if necessary.
- We will not allow students to buy break time snacks if this will leave less than £1.85 on their account for lunch.
- If a student does not have a packed lunch of enough money on their account, they should tell a member of staff in the Base or on duty and we will allow them to buy lunch.
We want all of our students to wear our full uniform with pride. To support with this aim, we:
- have reduced the number of required branded items to a blazer, tie and PE T shirt.
- sell good quality, clean donated second hand uniform items for a small charge each term (blazers are £3).
- will loan items if needed.
- Encourage parents can apply for financial assistance with school uniform up to £50 per school year.
- will support with other items of clothing necessary for school (eg coat and shoes) if there is a need. Parents should contact the school confidentially to discuss this by speaking to your child’s Progress Leader.
We believe that if someone needs sanitary products, they should have access to them. To support with this, we provide:
- all students who require sanitary products and are on Free School Meals are given the opportunity to collect a months supply to take home at the start of each month (or before the school holiday).
- we provide free sanitary products to all students on request from the Base.
We want all of our students to be ready to learn. We will:
- subsidise a Chromebook for every child and provide an additional subsidy for children who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years. We will loan a Chromebook to any student who doesn’t purchase or have one.
- provide a scientific calculator to every child on Free School Meals.
- provide a fully stocked pencil case to every child on Free School Meals at the start of each academic year.
- sell pencil cases and stationery items at a subsidisedcost price.
- provide stationery if required.
- provide a whiteboard and pen to every child.
Please encourage your child to speak to their Progress Leader if they require stationary.
Small group tuition can be beneficial to all students and we provide free tutoring and revision guides for this who need it:
- We identify students who would benefit from free tutoring in English and Maths (Year 7-9) and English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Languages (Year 10-11).
- Year 7-9 tutoring takes place during the school day in groups of up to 4.
- Year 10-11 3 tutoring takes place after the school day in groups of up to 6.
- In Year 10-11 we will provide free revision guides to students on Free School Meals.
If you feel your child would benefit from tutoring, please speak to your child’s Progress Leader. Please not that students who have had Free School Meals in the last 6 years are given priority.
Independent Study Club
We want every child to have a space where they can complete homework on the school site. We will therefore a space each day where they can:
- Access a space from 3:15pm-4:30pm each day to complete homework
- Charge their Chromebook and have access to WIFIwhilst at the homework club
- Enjoy some refreshments
Please encourage your child to attend.
We will provide ingredients so students can cook in their Food lesson if it is needed.
We recognise the importance of accessing a fully enriched curriculum and encourage all of our students to take part in at least one enrichment activity each week. To support this we:
- do not charge for our clubs and enrichments activities. (This includes our after school Language College classes which are free to students.)
- provide financial assistance for school trips and will cover the full cost of activities that are part of our curriculum.
The Winter Support Scheme
The Winter Support Scheme will offer an average of £100 per family who have children who are in receipt of a Free School Meal to cover additional heating and food costs between October – March. The exact amount will depend on the number of people in the family. Families will be contacted by Nottinghamshire County Council with information on how to apply.
You can find more information about the scheme here:
Holiday Activity and Food Programme
Children who live in Nottinghamshire can access the Holiday Activity and Food Programme during the holidays if they are in receipt of a benefits-related free school meal. This scheme allows children to access a range of activities and a hot meal during the holiday. The below links will take you to the booking pages that are relevant:
TB Sports (including free Ice Skating sessions for the whole family): https://tbsport.class4kids.co.uk/camps
All Holiday Activity and Food Programme centres: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/holiday-activities-and-food
You make bookings individually through the website.
Accessing benefits and other government support
Nottinghamshire County Council have a dedicated page on their website which signposts support you can access relating to benefits and the cost of living crisis. This can be found at the following website: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/business-community/cost-of-living-support/accessing-benefits-and-other-government-support
Citizens Advice Bureau
You can seek advice and support from the Citizens Advice Bureau ‘Help through Hardship’ Freephone Tel is 08082 082 138. They can offer support relating to benefit checks and money management.
Support from local food banks
Broxtowe Community Projects
Broxtowe Community Projects is located on the High Road in Chilwell and accepts self-referrals. It is open on Mondays and Saturdays and provides food parcels. You can contact them by phone or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BroxtoweCommunityProjects/ or 07434 664174.