Emailed to all parents/carers on 22/011/24
Helping our Families
We understand that the times we are currently living in continue to be challenging. With the cost of living crisis and rising household bills, we are all being hit in the pocket and facing cutbacks. As an academy, we are looking at ways in which we can get through the crisis together. There are several ways in which our academy or Suffolk County Council our local authority may be able to help. We are also looking to involve parents/carers more in the academy and we welcome any feedback on how we can support you further.
Have you applied to Suffolk County Council for Free School meals?
If you believe that you meet the following criteria, your child may be entitled to free school meals, which will ensure that your child has a daily allowance of £2.65 currently, to purchase food in our food hall. If you your child has transferred from a school in another county and was previously eligible for FSM then you will need to reapply to SCC to remain eligible in Suffolk.
Additionally, for those who sign up to this successfully, we will look to provide a school jumper.
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
Please note you will be applying to Suffolk County Council for this and not directly to the academy. Suffolk County Council’s advice line is 0345 606 6067, or you can apply online here.
Please also attend the drop-in clinic on Tuesdays at 11.15am – 11.50am if you need any help or support with applying for FSM because we can support with completing a paper-based form.
We provide hot, buttered bagels as part of our Breakfast Club offer. These are free of charge for all students on a first come, first served basis in the Library before school between 08.15 – 08.25.
In exceptional circumstances, there is funding available for us to support with the purchase of academy uniform. Please contact WES-SENDAdmin@attrust.org.uk or call 01473 466111.
At the start of Year 7, all students are provided with all of the basic stationery that they need for lessons so that they can be prepared for learning. They should then be accountable for these items. Replacements can be purchased through School Money at a discounted rate. £1 for a filled pencil case and £5 for a Scientific Calculator. Please communicate with your child’s form tutor if there are any issues with this.
Laptops for Loan
We have a limited supply of laptops which can be loaned to students, particularly in Year 10 and 11 for completing school work and home learning. If your child would benefit from this, then please let me know and I will ensure it is organised.
Homework Club runs from 3.00pm – 4.00pm Monday to Thursday in the LRC/Library. Staff are available to support students with their homework.
Night Club is open for Year Eleven students from 4.00pm to 5.30pm in the LRC/Library Monday to Thursday.
All Year 11 students are provided with fully-funded subject revision guides that they need to support them to prepare for their exams.
Trips and Visits
Trips are an important part of your child’s educational experience and we wouldn’t want them to miss out due to cost. Where possible, we already partly subsidise the cost for a number of trips for our students. However, if you contact the trip leader, they will explore whether additional funds can be made available to ensure your child enjoys the same opportunity as others.
Tuesday Data Drop-in Clinic
Mrs Hanson and Ms McEvoy are available every Tuesday to support any parents and carers who would like help applying for free school meals or accessing academy systems such as Satchel One or School Money. Should you wish to access this service, please drop-in to reception between 11:15 – 11:50am on a Tuesday. Please bring with you your National Insurance number or National Asylum Support service number if appropriate.
Westbourne Community Hub
The Westbourne Community Hub will be open on a monthly basis as below:
- Monday 29 January
- Monday 26 February
- Monday 25 March
- Monday 22 April
- Monday 20 May
- Monday 17 June
- Monday 8 July
You will be able to pick up any sanitary products needed and, for £2 in cash, collect a bag of non-perishable food items. There will also be opportunities to select from our stocks of preloved clothing and household items including toys, books and games that have kindly been donated to us. If you have anything to donate, please leave donations in reception.
A member of SLT and a member of the Pastoral Team will also be in attendance if you wish to speak to someone about your child or any concerns.
Westbourne EAL Community Café
We will be hosting a series of informal, monthly community café events for families who speak English as an additional language (EAL). The cafe will be open between 10:00 to 14:00.
- Wednesday 14 February
- Wednesday 13 March
- Wednesday 17 April
- Wednesday 8 May
- Wednesday 5 June
- Wednesday 10 July
Coffee and Cake
We will be piloting ‘Coffee and Cake’ (other drinks will be available!) on Tuesday 6 February from 1.00 – 4.00pm. This is an opportunity to thank parents/carers for their support of the academy and for parents/carers to raise any concerns and simply to meet and chat with other parents and staff. Please email WES-SENDAdmin@attrust.org.uk to confirm attendance. We are hoping to hold a session every half term.
We are looking to run a series of parent workshops starting next half term. The first workshop will be on supporting young people with mental health. Further details to follow.
Household Support Fund – Provision of Essential White Goods
We have been made aware of a short-term scheme to support households in need with essential white goods. This funding is being offered by Suffolk County Council via Suffolk Community Foundation.
Trusted partners who join the scheme will be able to make referrals for essential white goods to Ipswich Furniture Project (IFP) or Gatehouse Caring (GC) and they will supply, deliver and fit a new (or possibly reconditioned) washing machine, fridge, freezer or cooker etc., depending on need.
The maximum per household for white goods will be £300, however, households who have received a payment through SCC’s LWAS since 1 October will not be eligible.
As a trusted partner, we can support with the referral process. If you need this support, please email WES-SENDAdmin@attrust.org.uk to book an appointment with either Ms Degville or myself to complete the referral forms. Please bring in evidence of identity – such as a passport or photo driving licence.
A member of my team or myself will be available at every parents/carers evening for any queries or if you feel that your child needs extra support. Dates are as follows:
Year 7 – Thursday 23 May
Year 8 – Thursday 20 June
Year 10 – Thursday 25 January
Year 11 – Thursday 29 February
I am looking for parent/carer volunteers to become ambassadors within the academy where you can have a direct input into the life of the academy. I would like to start with an EAL ambassador and a SEND ambassador. More than one parent/carer for each would be brilliant. Please let me know if you would like to be involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parental support is crucial to us and we want to build and strengthen links with parents. Please feel free to email me if you have any suggestions.
Ms M Abbott
Whole School Inclusion Coordinator
Tel: 01473 466174
Academy vision: Westbourne is an inclusive academy. We support all students, regardless of starting point, to achieve their potential and develop the skills necessary for employment and life.
Academy values: Be Safe, Be Thoughtful, Be Accountable and Be Respectful.
General queries to: email@example.com or 01473 742315
Attendance or Absence queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complaints to: email@example.com
Exam queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Money and data information queries to: email@example.com