See below for any additional services and support available for families:
Children grow so fast that they often grow out of uniform items quickly, which can be costly
to both families and the environment. Nationally 1.4 million wearable school uniforms are thrown away each year, but at de Ferrers we have a preloved uniform bank (including PE kit) which we would love to see
We have loads of uniform in stock - more than I can currently store, so it would be great to sell a bit more of it.
Any donations of uniform can be dropped into reception on either the Dove or Trent Campus and requests for items can be made either via myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Support and Guidance Teams within the academy.
We are delighted to inform you that The de Ferrers Academy has been awarded the Young Carers in Schools Bronze Award by the Carers Trust and The Children's Society.
The Carers Society are keen for us to make all parents/carers aware of the misconceptions of what being a young carer entails and why it is important that you make the academy aware if/when your child falls into this category so they can be added to the young carers register.
Being a young carer does not mean that your child has to carry out any particular caring role (although this may be the case), but simply that their day to day life may be affected because someone in the household or a close relative has a physical or mental illness, is ill for a period of time, or is even recuperating from an operation. With this in mind students often move on and off the register during their time in secondary school.
The Carers Trust believe that 1 in 5 secondary school students are young carers and that schools should be made aware by families so that they can offer the support needed within the academy day. This may be a person to talk to if they are worried, or provision made for students to ring/text home when needed. There may be times when it is difficult for students to concentrate or to complete homework tasks and, when necessary, we can support a referral to the Staffordshire Carers Team when extra support is needed for the student or for the family.
Young carers are remarkable young people who often don't realise that what they are doing day to day is extraordinary and they deserve to be recognised and supported to reach their full potential.
If you feel that your child is a young carer under these parameters, or would like more information then please contact the academy at email@example.com. All information will be treated sensitively in order to support your child in the best way possible.
Please see Warm Spaces flyer below from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service - they are supporting our Community by opening some of their stations for people to come in and have a hot drink and keep warm.
HOPE Project - families can request food parcels using this link: https://www.burtonhope.co.uk/about/
Message for any families that have a low income or claim free school meals.
Staffordshire County Council are giving residents up to £200 financial help to pay their heating bills. This money does not need to be paid back. This support is available to families who claim free school meals for their children, or anyone who has lost their jobs due to covid, have low or no income or claim benefits.
This offer is only available until the end of March 2021