Support for Parents
If you feel you require support for your family or yourselves, please call, email or pop in for a chat. The kettle is always on.
Here are a few links that you may find useful.
Trying to think of healthy options for children's lunches can be difficult and we can be tempted to purchase less healthy, easy products ready for lunchboxes. To help us make good choices, here are some documents that might help provide ideas.
Healthy Start Vouchers
Healthy Start vouchers are available to most families in receipt of some form of benefit or credit. For information on how to apply, see here
Mental Health Support
For your child, young person or for parent/carers who are concerned about their child. Pause are a fantastic group of people that work alongside Forward Thinking Birmingham to support parents, children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. To find out more, for their phone number or to fill in a support request, click here.
Kooth is an app aimed at children & young people aged 11+ that enables them to track their emotional wellbeing, make a journal, discuss their feelings with members of the Kooth community and talk to professionals about their mental health. For more information and to view a short video tour of the app, go to https://www.kooth.com/
'Parenting Smart' is a website with a library of resources and information to aid you in your parenting. Areas include child wellbeing and specific issues that can occur in parenting. Simple and easy to use.
Free School Meals (Pupil Premium)
Pupil Premium is income based top up funding for schools for children from low income families. If you feel that your children may be eligible for Pupil Premium, please click here (you will need your National Insurance Number). Funding for eligible children is granted directly to schools and is used to support and enrich the learning of those children. This may be by allowing school to purchase extra resources, equipment or support services. Your child will also receive free school meals and, under the current local authority support during the pandemic, food vouchers.
But my child already has a free meal at school? - Children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 are automatically entitled to Universal Free School Meals. This is a government initiative that ensures every child in these year groups has access to at least one hot, healthy meal a day. You can be eligible for both Pupil Premium AND Universal Free School Meals!
Applying for Pupil Premium takes no more than 5 minutes and you receive an instant result. Furthermore, once you have applied, should your circumstances ever change, this will be picked up by the checking service and school will be notified. If you need support to complete your application, please contact school.
If you live in Birmingham and need to apply for a Reception school place, click here. You will need to set up a government gateway login.
If you live in Birmingham and need to apply for a secondary school place, click here.
If you live in Solihull and need to apply for a Reception OR secondary school place, click here.
Please note; If you are applying for a place for your child at a Catholic school, you will be asked to provide proof of Baptism. You must show your child's Baptismal certificate to the school you wish to apply for. Failure to do so will result in your child being ranked as non-Catholic and may affect the likelihood of your child being offered a place at your preferred school.