A guide from Barnhill for financial support for families
Support will be offered in this priority (information to be provided to school/on record)
- Refugee status
- CIN/CP/private foster
- Pupil premium
- Free school meal status (see below)/LAC
- Number of children in family
Breakfast club has food on offer and is open to everyone from 7:50am
Government Information: Free school meals
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)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Applications for free school meals: 2022/23 Free School Meals and Uniform Allowance Application | Free School Meals and Uniform Applications 2022/23 (eani.org.uk)
Uniform allowance is based on if you receive Free School Meals
You will be able to receive a £50 if you qualify for clothes. This is a one-off payment.
Other support on offer:
- Pre-loved uniform – See Pastoral Support Managers
- Stationery – See Pastoral Support Managers
- Revision books, exercise books, art supplies, music lessons etc – See the Curriculum Leader for the subject
- Subsidies for trips – Speak to Mr Edwards, make an application and you will be made aware if you are eligible
- For those who study Food Technology – Some money has been given to the department to pre buy some ingredients for some students. Please check with the Food department to see if your son/daughter is eligible
- Reading books - If any students want certain books to read, speak to their English teacher and we can get them ordered for the library and they can sign them out from there
- Sanitary products – See Pastoral Support Managers/Student Services
Winter coats – We would like to set up an appeal for any winter coats that may not fit your child to be brought into school. We are then planning to arrange a session for parents to come in and collect a different size coat from the offer available. This is all dependent on parents participating, so if you can please do help out others in need.
Food from canteen – At present we are unable to provide this service. However, we are planning on food loss from the canteen to be on offer for parents to collect. We will inform you when this starts.
The food will be placed into bags and located near to reception. An email alert will be sent out to parents and on a first come first served basis, parents can collect the food.
Alternative Food Support
1. Apps to support food buying
Kitche keeps tracked of the food you purchased from your supermarket shop and will suggest recipes and warn you when items are getting close to their sell by date.
It promises to save households as much as £630 a year by ensuring their food is put to good use and doesn't end up getting thrown away.
You can download the free app on an iPhone or Android smartphone.
The free No Waste app lets you scan your food and organise it by expiry date, name or category.
This makes it easier to do the next shop as you can easily see what you are running out of.
Lists can be shared with family so you can give away unwanted food plus you can track how much you are wasting by deleting items you have eaten or that have expired.
The app will tell you how much of your food you have eaten each month and how much money you have saved or wasted.
Are you going on a diet or did you over order items in your latest shop? You can share unwanted food for free among your neighbours using Olio.
Food shared could be nearing its sell-by date, spare home-grown vegetables or the groceries in your fridge when you go away, move home or are on a diet.
You can also share non-food items such as furniture, clothes, toys, household and beauty products.
Users take a picture of the item, post it to the app and then agree where and how it should be picked up with anyone interested.
The app is free for households but businesses have to pay for a service that will take unsold food and distribute it to them.
Almost 10 million portions of food have been shared through the app, which has 2.6 million users worldwide.
Too Good To Go
Don't let local cafes, restaurants, shops and supermarkets throw away unsold food at the end of each day.
Many restaurant, café and food brands have partnered with Too Good to Go and will provide a "magic bag" of unsold food to users at the end of the working day.
Download and set your location on the Too Good To Go app and you can choose from nearby stores listing their unsold food at a reduced price.
Listings show how much a bag of food costs and how many are left as well as where you need to pick it up.
The items in the bag are always different as it depends on what hasn't sold so there is no guarantee that you will like what you get.
But there are plenty of tasty brands to try such as Greggs, Morrisons, Pret, and Costa.
Similar to Too Good To Go, Karma lets hungry households rescue unsold meals from businesses at a discount.
You can search for nearby food to pickup based on your location through the Karma app.
Unlike Too Good to Go, it well tell you what food you are getting so there is even less chance of it being wasted.
2. Website to get coupons for buying food
3. Food banks
Each food bank works with different frontline professionals, like doctors, health visitors, social workers, and Citizens Advice. These professionals will be able to refer you to a food bank and give you a food bank voucher if they think you need emergency food.
The food bank and referral agency will use this voucher to gather some basic information about you. This will help them to understand why you need support and offer practical guidance, and the right emergency food
- The Yiewsley & West Drayton foodbank is based at
St Matthew's Church Centre
Yiewsley UB7 7QH
- St Matthew's Church Centre
Yiewsley UB7 7QH
Open Monday 2-4pm and Fri 12-2pm
- Bell Farm Christian Centre
West Drayton UB7 9LW
Open Tues 10-1pm and Thurs10-1pm and 2-4.30pm
- Crown church The Living Room
Middlesex UB8 2DZ
Open Wednesdays 10-12 midday
- Hillingdon food bank
30, Oxford Road Uxbridge
New Denham UB9 4DQ
Open Mon – Fri 11-1pm
- St Margaret’s Church
Uxbridge UB8 1AB
Open Mon to Friday 11-1pm
- Emmanuel Church
Northwood HA6 1AS
Open Friday 11-1pm
- St Edmund’s Church
Hayes UB4 0HA
Open Sat 10-12 midday
- .Com Cafe
62 Byron Way
West Drayton UB7 9JD
Open Wednesday 10-12 midday and Thursday 10-12 midday
- Life Oasis Centre
59 Carfax Road
Open Sunday 12.30-1.30pm
- United Reformed Church of Eastcote & Northwood Hills
Open Tues 10-12 midday
- St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
447 Victoria Road
South Ruislip HA4 0EG
Open Saturday 12-2pm
- Greenford Baptist Church
Beechwood Ave UB6 9UA
Monday 12.30pm - 2pm
- Northolt St Barnabas
The Fairway UB5 4SX
Tuesday 12:30 - 2pm
- Hanwell St Mellitus Church
Wednesday 10am - 12noon and Saturday 10-12 midday
- Perivale St Nicholas Church
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2pm
- Southall St Anselm Church
Thursday 11.30am - 1pm
- Acton Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship
Friday 12.30pm - 2pm
- Southall Dominion Chapel, Unit 13
Cranleigh Gardens Industrial Estate
Saturday 10.30am - 12noon