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Financial Support Policy

Financial Support Policy

FINANCIAL SUPPORT POLICY

Introduction

The school recognises that education places financial demands on parents and there are some occasions when parents/carers will find it hard to meet these demands. Although funds are very limited the school would like to support parents/families where possible.

We realise that it is hard for parents/carers to ask for financial support but funds are very limited so the school will have to apply certain criteria in deciding whether or not support can be given.

 Criteria

Consideration will be given to students whose parents/carers are:

  • Eligible for Free School Meals
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance
  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • Experiencing temporary situations which are causing difficulty, for example caused by recent job loss, bereavement or other serious and unforeseen circumstances

Priority will be given to parents/carers who have not already been supported by this policy. 

Qualifying Resources

Application for financial support will be considered for:

  • Obligatory items of school uniform
  • Costs of educational visits that are integral to the curriculum
  • Educational equipment e.g. text books

Making an Application

Where appropriate, applications are made using the Financial Support application form. This can be completed by the parent/carer or a member of staff in their place. Evidence should be provided to support the eligibility criteria.

All information provided on this form will be kept in the strictest confidence. 

Notification

If support is agreed, the parent/carer and the Finance Office must be notified.

Any change in Policy requires the approval of the Personnel and Finance Committee