Financial Support/Cost of Living
Here, at Bishop Wood Junior School, we are acutely aware of the difficulties facing many of our families in terms of financial pressures. We are here to help and support and hope that the information contained within this page is supportive and useful.
The school has designated Debs Bourke as the point of contact for anyone experiencing financial difficulties. She can be contacted, in confidence, via email@example.com
What Support is Available?
School Day Trips/Visits
We want every child to attend school trips and visits. No child should miss out due to financial difficulty. Any money requested by the school towards a trip/visit is a voluntary contribution. If you are unable to make the voluntary contribution, please contact Debs at the above address and let her know. Bishop Wood has made a commitment to not cancel planned trips/visits due to lack of voluntary contributions.
School Residential Trips
We are here to support you with the affordability of expensive events such as school residential trips. We can set up payment plans and can also access funding to reduce the cost for those parents who are unable to meet the full cost.
Please contact Debs for advice!
Trips and Visits Overview
Below is an outline of the trips/visits which normally take place across the school year. We have put rough costings but these are only to be used as a guide.
|Chiltern Open Air Museum £20-£30
Tring Natural History Museum £0
|Roald Dahl Museum £15-£20
|Neasden Temple £15
|Roman Verulamium £15-£20
|Woodrow Residential Visit £250
|History Off the Page – Anglo Saxons £15
|Hazard Alley £22
Young Voices £5-£10
|Lee Valley Park £20
|Wise-Up Team Building £15
|No Trip or Visit this term
|Norfolk Residential Visit £450-£500
School uniform should not cost a fortune. Please contact Mel Matthews (our Family/Pupil Support Worker) via firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with getting school uniform!
Free School Meals
If your child is eligible for free school meals, you need to get them registered. This will allow them to get a free meal at school and, as a school, we’ll get extra funding (known as the Pupil Premium) to support your child’s learning. You will also be eligible for a £3 voucher per day per child during school holidays. In total, this financial support could be worth more than £650 annually for each of your children.
You can check your eligibility for Free School Meals via the Herts CC website here.
Are you on the correct Tax Code?
Make sure you’re on the right tax code. If you aren’t, you might be due a refund. Use the Money Saving Expert’s free tax code calculator to find out.
Free or Low Cost Food
If you’re worried about not having enough food to feed your family, you’re not alone. There are a number of places offering support.
- DENS run a food bank at St Peter and St Paul’s Church
- If you have a child under 4, and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to healthy start food vouchers.
- Find your local food bank: Bankuet, The Independent Food Aid Network, the Trussell Trust, or your local community fridge
- Use food waste apps and websites like Olio (for free food and household items from your local community), Too Good To Go (for low-cost food from local restaurants), or Low Price Foods (food that has passed its best-before date, but is still safe to eat)
- Get more tips on free and cheap meals from Which.
Cost of Living Payments
The government’s cost-of-living payments are available for those receiving certain benefits or tax credits. You don’t need to apply for these – if you’re eligible the money should go straight into your account.
If you think you’re due a payment but haven’t received one, report a missing payment to the government.
Be aware of scams! If you receive any emails, texts or phone calls asking you to fill in an application form or asking for your bank details to receive a cost-of-living payment, do not talk to them or send a reply. Get more information on cost-of-living scams on the Money Saving Expert’s website.
- Contact StepChange Debt Charity – Free Expert Debt Advice. for debt advice
- Contact Shelter – The housing and homelessness charity if you’re having issues related to housing
- Contact the The Salvation Army for emergency assistance
- See if you’re eligible for grants from Fighting UK Poverty – Turn2us
- Single parents can get support from Gingerbread