Support for disadvantaged students and their families

Banbury Bluecoat Foundation School Uniform Vouchers
Who can apply?
Families, resident in the town of Banbury, who are receiving one or more of the following:
a. Income Support
b. Job Seekers’ Allowance – Income Based
c. Free School Meals
d. Child Tax Credits but not Work Tax Credits
can apply for help with children in the Foundation Year, Years 1-7 or higher years where they are joining a new school who are in current need of school uniform.

Please note: Job Seekers Allowance – Contributions Based is not means tested. If the form just says ‘Job Seekers Allowance’ please indicate whether the child is entitled to free school meals.

If a family is in immediate need, but they are not on any of the above benefits, the Principal will need to add a signed note to the back of the form explaining why they support this particular application.

When can families apply?
Families may apply from 1 July each year for vouchers for the school year starting in September (e g They can apply from 1 July 2017 for the year 2017/18). Please do not send forms in before then as they will be returned to the school. If the application is sent in before September, it should show the year that the child will be entering in September. Vouchers are issued on a first come first served basis.

Please read the full Bluecoat Information for Schools document before filling in the Bluecoat Application for Vouchers Form and returning it to the school.

Food Bank Vouchers
Banbury Academy are a registered referral agency for Food Bank Vouchers.  The foodbank has been established to provide short term, emergency food to individuals and families in crisis.  As a registered referral agency, we hold a supply of red vouchers which can be issued directly to an individual or family that are assessed to be in a financial crisis leaving them with insufficient means to buy food.  For further information please contact our Welfare Manager, Elaine King on 01295 251451 Ext. 221

Family Holiday Association – Holiday Grant (UK)
The Family Holiday Association (FHA) has announced that its funding programme is open for applications. Through its funding programme families on a low income, that have not been on holiday for the past four years and have at least one child between three and 18 years of age can obtain financial support for a break during 2018.

They open for applications for Haven / Butlin's breaks in December 2017 for breaks in 2018 and will remain open until they have allocated all of their breaks. For most of their breaks they normally close for applications in mid-May. The earlier you make an application the better chance it has of being successful. They will notify you with a decision within 6 weeks of application. Breaks take place between mid March and the end of October.

The FHA can only accept applications from referring agents (such as a teacher, social worker or health visitor, etc) and not directly from families. The holidays provided are in the UK. Holiday breaks include free accommodation, linen rental, entertainment passes and holiday insurance (subject to medical conditions). FHA may also make a contribution towards the family's holiday expenses.

To be eligible families must be on a low income (household income must be less than £24,000), not be going on holiday this year and be unlikely to afford a day out. For example, the Obote family lost their mother after a long illness. Thankfully, the Family Holiday Association was able to offer the family a much-needed break, and time to come to terms with their bereavement.

If you are interested please contact Elaine King at Banbury Academy (01295 251451).

Wheels2Work provide scooter and motorcyle rental to people who would not be able to get to work otherwise because of the cost of public transport or because they cannot drive or would have difficulties getting to work because of where they live. Wheels2Work can now take applications from anyone aged 16+ (under 18s require parent/guardian consent) and living anywhere in Oxfordshire. They now also have a wider range of bikes available.

See their website for more information.