Funding Support During COVID-19
As a school we fully recognise the impact of the closure of Gatwick and other areas of employment in and around Crawley over the last few months, and the difficulties that many families are facing regarding household finances. We have collated some information on the support you may be able to access in the categories below: Technological support for your child, Uniform/PE Kit and Equipment Support, Financial support in the community and accessing Free school meals and Universal credits.
If you need any support in these categories, please contact Miss Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call reception 01293 421421 and ask to be put through to Miss Kennedy to discuss how we can support your family at this time.
Technological support for your child
All students who qualify for free school meals or are assessed as pupil premium students have the right to technological support if they are unable to access this at home. If your son/daughter does not have access to a working computer/laptop or the Internet, please contact Miss Kennedy who will be able to arrange a device through our laptop loan system.
We can loan your son/daughter a working device in order to give them access to our online learning systems such as ShowMyHomework, Microsoft Teams and Go4Schools. If your child does not qualify for Free school meals and still needs technological support, please get in touch and we will do our very best to accommodate this support.
The government have recently released information that they will be extending internet data allowances for certain groups of students who are in need. If you are interested in applying for your data allowance to be extended to support your son/daughters online learning then please email Miss Kennedy the below information.
For each request, we need to know:
- the name of the account holder
- the number of the mobile device
- the mobile network of that device (for example Three)
This information can be your son/daughters account information if over the age of 13. If the student is under 13 then it must be the parents account only. The school will then apply for the extension of data on your behalf. If it is granted the network will send you an update text with your new data balance.
Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit: unfortunately not all networks have joined the scheme and some networks can’t offer data to Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) customers,
- Virgin Mobile
- Tesco Mobile
- Sky Mobile
Uniform/PE Kit and Equipment Support
If you are struggling to fund any uniform, PE Kit or equipment for lessons please contact Miss Kennedy or your child’s relevant year leader and inform them of the items you need support with. If you visit our uniform section on our website www.stwilfrids.com/schooluniform there is a clear description of the schools requirements.
Our School Uniform can be purchased online at www.sussexuniforms.co.uk or telephone 01444 227066. If you are requesting support for uniform it would be helpful for you to have measured your child accurately and to know the sizes required, the school will assess the need of your son/daughter and possibly offer part of the funding of these items.
Free school Meals and Universal credits
If you are currently out of work/not receiving an income, or if your income has been significantly reduced, you may be entitled to benefits through the universal credit system.
If you are unsure/have not yet applied, you can access more information and begin the application process using this link https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit .
As well as this, you may wish to apply for your son/daughter to receive a Free School Meal.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
The following link below gives you information regarding eligibility and how to apply https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/free-school-meals-online-application-form/
There is also more information on the extension of Free school meals eligibility for families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) in the link below.
Children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) are;
- children of Zambrano carers
- children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction
These groups are subject to a maximum household income threshold of £31,500 per year for London, and £28,200 for areas outside of London. See the London or outside London section if you are unsure as to which threshold applies for your circumstances.
The Government are also temporarily extending eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This group is not subject to a maximum household income threshold as these families are not able to work. To find out more information please click the link below:
Financial support in the community
There are some excellent support teams in our local community who can help to distribute food parcels and also support payment of bills if your family is struggling. There are a few websites listed below that you can directly access.
Emergency Food parcels to collect from school; Weekly on Thursdays
St Vincent De Pauls, Crawley have been kind enough to offer Emergency Food parcel support for our families who are in need.
This is an ongoing weekly delivery, that parents/carers will need to collect from the school. The parcels include non-perishable items such as coffee, tins, soup, pasta, cereal etc.
If this is something that would interest you then please contact your son/daughter year leader or Megan Kennedy.
The Easter Team
The Horsham District Food Bank
East Grinstead Food bank
The Free Shop Crawley
Contact number - 07818 883 575
The Diocese also supports individual families in need though their applications to their Crisis Fund, if you would like to be considered for a one off payment of support from the Diocese please call Miss Kennedy to discuss your circumstances. In the past applications have been supported to help with payment for food, bills and other financial costs that have occurred during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you are unable to access funding for food for your children, please ring/email Miss Kennedy so that we can support you with emergency food vouchers.
Please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Kennedy or your sons/daughters Year Leader for support through this difficult time.