Financial Support

Welcome to the Forrester High School Financial Assistance Page.

“Finance should not be a barrier to your children’s learning and education”

At Forrester we are committed to raising equity within our school and are trying to cut the cost of the school day for all our parents. Over the coming months we shall be introducing many new initiatives and programmes including a whole school breakfast club for all our pupils to enjoy a free healthy start to the school day!

We have recently appointed a Pupil Support Officer within the school and she is available to all parents and pupils to offer support, advice and assistance with managing any financial issues that may arise during the school year. Assistance is available with Free School Meal applications, clothing grants, financial assistance and Educational Maintenance Allowance. We are also able to direct our parents to external services within and out with The City of Edinburgh Council.

The cost of the school day has a significant impact on a families finances and one way to reduce this is through free school meals.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

You can claim free school lunches for your children if you are receiving:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, where take home pay does not exceed £610 per month*

If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim free school lunches for yourself.

If you are successful in your application each award is valid for one school year and must be reapplied for each year.

The meals award provides a pupil with one free school meal each day they attend school.

Each successful application comes with a school wear award which is

  • £43 for each primary pupil
  • £50 for each secondary pupil

Assistance with school wear is paid directly in to your bank account.

It is the aim to pay eligible applicants within two weeks of a properly completed application being received.

You can apply online below http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/506/free_meals_and_clothing_vouchers_application_form.pdf

Please send your application to school.grants@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can collect an application from the school reception to complete or you can make an appointment to see our Pupil Support Officer who will help you with the application.

EDUCATIONAL MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE

Pupils over 16 years old can apply for Educational Maintenance Allowance. You could get a weekly allowance of £30 per week if you attend a school in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

Conditions apply and information is available on the link below

https://www.mygov.scot/ema/can-i-get-an-ema/

Applications can be done online at https://www.mygov.scot/ema/applying-for-or-renewing-an-ema/ or applications can be collected at the school reception.

If you have found any of the below a barrier to school please contact our Pupil Support Officer, Sarah Ross, in confidence on sarah.ross@forrester.edin.sch.uk or call 0131 334 9262.

School Uniform, Trips, Home Economics and CDT contributions, stationery, bus fares, PE kit, lunch times and after school clubs.

We can also offer advice regarding housing, one off grants, support with health and wellbeing, welfare benefits and are able to direct our parents to service within and out with The City of Edinburgh Council.

 

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