Parental Support

We know that there are many challenges faced by our families, especially due to the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown. If at any time you would like to speak to the school in confidence, please email head@st-catherine.herts.sch.uk .

Sources of support:

Mental Health and Well-being

If you or your child are experiencing mental health challenges, support is available through the following websites:

NSPCC

Young Minds

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You are not alone.

Survivors of domestic abuse may feel particularly alone & at risk during social distancing and self-isolation. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical violence. It’s a pattern of behaviours used to control a current/ex-partner or family member & can include emotional, psychological, financial & sexual abuse. Where there is domestic abuse within the home or family, children are at risk.

Financial Support

Many people’s financial situation has changed as a result of Covid-19. If you believe that you may be entitled to Free School Meals, please follow the link below to apply.

Free School Meals Application

Is your child entitled to free school meals?  If so, they qualify for Pupil Premium which is additional funding the school receive to spend on YOUR CHILD. (£1,320) This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed below.

 Children entitled to free school meals may then receive:

Your child might be eligible for Pupil Premium if you currently receive one of the following:

Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you are eligible but you want your child to have a packed lunch you should still register because of the other benefits to your child and the school.

How do I register?
Ask the school office for a form, or download the form here. If you are unsure, please do ask a member of the office staff who will be more than happy to help you.

Since Sept. 2014, all Reception, Y1 and Y2 children have qualified for free school meals, regardless of family income. But some of these children are also entitled to pupil premium and the huge benefits this brings. It is really important that we access the funding your child is entitled to.