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New financial support - Local Household Support Vouchers - April-June 2021

Posted on: 06/06/2022

New financial support - Local Household Support Vouchers  - April-June 2021

We are pleased to continue to support families via the government’s additional household support scheme.

Barnet local authority have now funded a new set of vouchers to support households, particularly for financial hardship around the cost of food and energy.  This additional support effectively substitutes the provision of free school meals which does not apply out of term time. They are not guaranteed and we are only able to pass on what we receive when the government sends funds to Barnet LA to distribute to schools.  These vouchers have been processed and sent automatically using the contact details we hold on the school system for eligible families – you do not need to contact us but please check your email and junk folders just in case.

The funding is provided to cover food and household bills: families first select a supermarket/retailer and then receive the voucher by email and/or SMS. We remind you of the funding conditions: “Vouchers must not be used for age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.”

Any questions can be submitted to your daughter’s Director of Learning, Pastoral administrator or enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk including your daughter’s full name, year and form class.

 

Some helpful reminders…

Food vouchers to claim

Some FSM and Covid household support fund vouchers issued are yet to be claimed or collected on the portal. Please check your email or contact enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk.

Parentpay

A reminder to top up your ParentPay balance please to clear any debt as we remain a cashless school.  This is particularly important before the summer break.  As always, ParentPay is the only way to pay.  If you need assistance with your ParentPay account, please contact your daughter’s Director of Learning or email enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk including your daughter’s full name, year and form class with your query.

Free School Meals

We understand that changes of circumstances or employment do occur: families who believe they may be eligible are strongly encouraged to apply for Free School Meals by completing the form on our website: www.copthallschool.org.uk/255/free-school-meals.  Copthall receives funding for each eligible pupil so this makes a real difference to us all.

Contact details

As always, it is essential we have your accurate address, mobile telephone and email addresses for at least two family contacts for important communications so if your details have changed recently please email your child's Director of Learning or email enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk including the student’s full name year and form class.