In this section you will find information from the Parents of Denholme, along with useful links and other items of information which may be of interest.
Free School Meals
Since September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been able to have a free school meal, regardless of the income of their parents. There is a concern that parents on non-working benefits who would have qualified for 'eligibility based' free school meals are no longer applying as there is no discernible benefit for them. This could mean a loss of Pupil Premium Funding to the school.
School could be missing out on extra funding for your child if you are eligible to receive free school meals and do not claim them.
Parents are entitled to free school meals for their children if you are in receipt of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Universal Credit
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) with an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) of less than £16,190
- Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only)
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Services)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
For more information on Free School Meals please tel: 01274 432772 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the following link https://www.bradford.gov.uk/benefits/applying-for-benefits/free-school-meals/
The benefits of children getting a free and nutritionally balanced meal are well documented, but children who qualify for Free School Meals may also get help with the following:
- help with the cost of school trips
- help with travel costs to school
- help with school uniform costs
- help with council run music lessons at school
- extra funding to support them at school. This funding is know as the Pupil Premium. Primary schools will receive £1,300 this year for every child registered for free school meals.
Public Forum for Education (PFE) meeting
You are warmly invited to attend this open debate on the topic of:
"What does the Education Covenant mean to
you and your community?”
Tuesday 28 June 2016 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm (buffet from 4pm)
Hockney Conference Room, Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, Bradford BD1 1NN
The Education Covenant looks at how everyone in our community can help drive up education standards across the Bradford District. The covenant sets out what the Council will do and what the community – including schools, pupils, parents, governors and businesses - can do to give young people the “best possible start in life”. It asks that everyone in the District gets involved in a united drive to improve school standards and make education everybody’s business.
The importance of this forum will be to discuss what the covenant means to you as an individual and as a member of the Bradford District. It will outline how the covenant was developed and discuss how we can make sure we engage with everyone to get this important message across.
Speakers will include young people, representatives from business, parents and the voluntary sector and will offer:
- An overview of how the covenant and its implications for the community.
- Table discussions will consider how the covenant can be developed further to have an impact on the raising of standards for all young people across the District.
- Discussion on the role of the Local Authority in the changing educational landscape.
Most importantly we want develop the covenant in partnership with parents, carers, young people, communities and need to hear your views and build these into the covenant. Anyone with an interest is welcome so please publicise through your networks and bring friends and colleagues. We would particularly like parents and young people to attend.
The Public Forum for Education holds “big conversations” throughout the year on topical issues in education. With an independent chair Brent Fitzpatrick MBE, experienced Bradford Schools Governor and NLG, the Forum enables everyone with an interest to contribute their views.
Please confirm your attendance and names of others you invite by email to Public.Forum.for.Education@bradford.gov.uk or telephone
Heidi Hardy on (01274) 434335
School Closure due to Snow/Bad Weather
If school is not able to open due to snow or other adverse weather conditions parents/carers will be notified in the following ways:
- by text message - please ensure that we have up-to-date mobile numbers
- details will be posted on our website
- our school will be listed on Bradford Schools Online bso.bradford.gov.uk under Closed Schools
- announcements will be made on local radio stations
It is our aim to keep school open if this is at all possible, taking full account of the health and safety of staff and pupils.
If weather conditions worsen during the school day and it becomes necessary to close school, parents and carers will be notified by text message. Under these circumstances we would appreciate children being collected as soon as possible. Any children who cannot be collected will be cared for in school until arrangements can be made for them to get home safely.
To help keep telephone lines open, please try to avoid telephoning the school.