financial Hardship

'If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.' - Charles Darwin

COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has put more families into hardship and made life more difficult for those already on low incomes. The economic impact of the virus is likely to last a long time. Please look at the information below and if you are in need of immediate support please email head@kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk. Ms Stewart or Mrs Rutter-Brown will do our best to support.


Pupil Premium

If you are claiming Universal Credit and have not signed up for Free School Meals please do so. Entitlement to free school meals brings in additional funding and access to much more than the free meal. Please see below for more information.

Get help in one place at https://cheshirewestdhp.teamnetsol.com/dhp/home

Further support is available for families for meals, food shopping and other practical support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Live Well Cheshire Website includes information on:

  • Telephone order and food home delivery from local small businesses

  • Online food delivery

  • Practical support for the vulnerable and isolated

  • Foodbanks for those with little or no income

The website is updated regularly and includes information and services for across the borough.

Further information can also be found on the Council's website.

Citizens' Advice Bureau Cheshire West

A-Z-Housing-and-Council-Benefits-19-20.pdf

Suffering hardship this winter? See how the Council can help with support payments for the winter period.

Winter Support Payments.pdf

Free School Meals are different from the universal daily fruit and free school meals provided for every child in Reception through to the end of year 2. Every child in receipt of Free School Meals due to low income brings in additional funding (the Pupil Premium) to school which we use to go some way to limiting the gap in educational opportunities for poor children in our community. The educational grant continues for six years after children cease to be entitled to the meal, recognising that families can often be in an out of work and often on low pay.

We will provide a one-off uniform grant to all children joining the school who are in receipt of free school meals. This is a one-off payment funded through the Pupil Premium. There is also financial support for charged-for activities in school like clubs, visitors, trips and music lessons.

To apply for free school meals complete the online application our Local Authority at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

extreme hardship

Very occasionally, families can find themselves in extreme hardship and fall through the safety net of our benefit system. We want to be useful as well as kind to everyone. We have a hardship fund which has been provided by the Church of England via St Wilfrid's Davenham. The fund is not infinite but is there for unusual situations where other sources of support are not available. Please email or call the headteacher and arrange a confidential chat with Ms Stewart or Mrs Rutter-Brown as we may be able to help a little.

We can refer people to the Mid-Cheshire Foodbank.

If you are need help to feed yourself and your family, you can contact us at head@kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk or call 01606 800170 and ask to speak to Ms Stewart or Mrs Rutter-Brown. We can issue a voucher for you and help you find the nearest Foodbank. https://midcheshire.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/how-to-get-help/

charged for activities in school

The overarching principle in school is that no child misses out on something they want to learn and experience because of economic hardship. Our policy for Charging, Remission and Letting and Application for a Bursary to Support an Educational Activity provide further information.

Bursaries can cover all or part of an educational activity. They are means tested and if a child is not in receipt of free school meals we may occasionally ask for proof of income.

We charge for most clubs outside the school day as these are provided by external providers. External providers bring different expertise and enrich our curriculum offer beyond what our primary school teaching staff can provide. If your child is interested in developing their gifts and talents before or after school and cost is a problem, we encourage you to apply for a bursary.

Trips and visits

You can read more in Funding LOTC and enrichment. We will support any family in genuine hardship with funding fully or in part the costs of trips, visits and visitors to school. We ask that when a voluntary contribution is requested, you tick the box on the form to apply for a bursary and we will get a form to you. Our policy for Charging and Lettings (which contains an application form for a bursary) can be found in the Information / Policies and Procedures.