A plea ....... (or two!)
- Last Updated: Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:01
We are hoping to form a PTA Committe for The Grange School, to further extend the range of exciting activities we offer our children and families, and to raise funds for the school. As a staff, we have made lots of plans for the coming few months but really want to involve all of you too. At this stage, all we need you to do is to let us know if you are interested in joining us. Please see tomorrow's Gazette (paper or electronic copy), where there will be a form for you to return to let us know you'd like to help. We really appreciate your support.
You may also be aware that the government introduced 'The Pupil Premium Grant' in April 2011 and schools are allocated additional funding into their school budget. The premium provides funding specifically for children from families who have registered and meet the criteria. The purpose of the grant into schools is to raise achievement and improve outcomes for these children. Here at The Grange School, we use the money to provide a wide range of activities and experiences to raise standards and improve outcomes, including issuing you with a £100 voucher each year (for each child) to spend on a range of different products and experiences within school.
It is vital that we, as a school, receive the funding we are eligible to receive. But, in common with most schools, it is likely that a number of parents/carers whose children attend our school fail to claim the Pupil Premium. This is especially true in Reception and Key Stage 1. Our catering team provides an excellent range of healthy lunch options that are enjoyed daily by a significant number of our pupils. Your child may well be able to access these free of charge. Even if you don’t want your child to make use of the free school meals, please still apply for the funding if you think you may be eligible, as your child will benefit from the funding in other ways.
We know that in the past, some of you have felt that KS1 children do not benefit from the £100 voucher. We have worked hard to make sure that we offer your children lots of experiences such as trips and visits, and you will be able to use your voucher to pay for these. We also have a range of products, including uniform and Book Fair books, that can be purchased with your voucher. We also have plans to extend the range of uses for your voucher.
So, here is my second plea to you all……
If you believe that you may be entitled to claim for your children and do not already do so, please make a claim. If
your circumstances change at any point - even if only for a short while - please make a claim.
If you think that you meet the criteria listed below, you may be eligible, so please speak to our office staff or Mrs Hennessy, who will be able to advise you on how to apply for Pupil Premium Funding. Alternatively, please visit http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/schools-and-education/Pages/pupil-premium.aspx and complete the form to apply. It’s a 10 minute job that could make a significant difference to your child and our school.
Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
Income-related employment and support allowance
Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of state pension credit
Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
As always, thank you for all you do to support your child and our school. We appreciate all the support you give us.