Affordable schools

At The Mead School we understand that the cost of supporting your children through school can put pressure on your household budgets. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in money worries for many more families and now we are facing even further pressures with increases in cost of living for essentials like food, heating and fuel.

We understand how difficult it can be when children are unable to participate in activities in the way they would like to, when costs get in the way. We want all our children to feel comfortable and confident in school and be able to participate in everything that is on offer. We want to do all we can to make every school day affordable for all our families and to help you find the support you might need if you have money concerns.

Getting help

It can be difficult to talk about money worries. People who are finding it hard to make ends meet often hang on and try and sort things out themselves; not seeking help until the situation has become very difficult. Whatever the issues you are facing we would encourage you to ask for support before things get that way. There is no shame in seeking support and both the school and the help organisations listed below will help with sensitivity and confidentiality.

Please talk to us about your concerns so that we can work together to ensure your child can access everything on offer whatever the cost. Please speak to a member of the Leadership Team at the gate at the start or the end of the day, or come into the office and ask to make an appointment to speak to Mrs Seviour.

There are also many sources of support from both local and national organisations. This page includes links to some key agencies that we recommend.

National Advice and Information Support Services

Citizens Advice: free, independent and confidential financial advice

EntitledTo: benefit calculator to make sure families are getting the support they are entitled to

The Money Advice Service: Government website offering comprehensive guidance on all aspects of money, benefits, debt and investments.

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert: Martin Lewis’ free site saves you money on Credit Cards, Shopping, Energy & more. Consumer champion. Money saving guides. Fighting your corner. Easy to Use.

Shelter: free support from expert housing advisers

BBC i-player: There are lots of money-related tips on this programme on BBC i-player. You can listen any time. Topics have included surviving debt, tips for rented housing, coping with cost of living rises, avoiding scams and fraud calls, applying for benefits and much more.

NHS Low Income Scheme: If you have a low income, the NHS Low Income Scheme could help depending on your weekly income and necessary outgoings, plus any savings or investments you have at the time you apply

The home energy scheme: Energy and cost saving actions which could help reduce bills

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