St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

Spirituality, Aspiration, Innovation, Diversity

A Helping Hand


If you are finding it difficult to meet the costs of education, you should check whether you are entitled to receive any social security benefits.    As well as possibly bringing more money into the household, receipt of a particular benefit is often a condition of getting further help from the local authority.   For a full benefits check, you could consult an experienced adviser for example at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.    You may also contact our parent support worker Mrs Rowena Cove who works in our school each Wednesday and from home on a Thursday morning.  Her email is:

Second Hand Uniform

The school keeps a stock of second hand uniform.  Please contact the school office for further information.

Pupil Premium

This is additional funding which is linked directly to pupils who are on, or who have received Free School Meals in the last six years.  We have allocated pupil premium funds to a wide range of supporting activities in school.  An element of this funding can be used to help parents cover the cost of school trips (not residential), and extra-curricular activities so that pupil can experience the full range of opportunities offered.

Please contact Mrs Furness in confidence

Help from Charities

Some charities give grants to parents to help with the cost of education.  These charities often have a very limited amount of money to give and usually have very specific criteria which must be met in order to get a grant.  Although the criteria vary widely, examples could be that parents need to live in a particular area.

You can either approach charities personally or approach the school to help.  Some charities do not support applications from individuals but the school may be able to access funds.   Please contact the class teacher in the first instance or Mrs Rowena Cove.

Some commonly used charities.

Thomas Anguish

1 Woolgate Court

St Benedicts Street

01603 621023

The Fitzmaurice Trust

Avian Way
Salhouse Road

01603 301444

The Foundation of Joanna Scott

13 The Close



01603 632225