Sefton's answers to frequently asked questions for parents

The attached document will answer many questions and concerns you may have at the moment and can signpost you to relevant support. If there is anything that school can do to support you, please get in touch at Click below to download the FAQs.


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Eligibility to receive free school meals
Dear parent/carer,

The financial impact of COVID-19 poses an unprecedented challenge to many families, with some experiencing changes in their financial circumstances. If this has affected you, you may be eligible to apply for free school meals for your son/daughter.

You are eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

Income Support
Income based Jobseekers Allowance
Income related Employment and Support 
Child Tax Credit ONLY (not entitled/receiving Working Tax Credit) and have an income of less that £16190.00
Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Universal Credit and have a net household income of less than £7400 per annum
Support under VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act

During this time of school closure for the majority of pupils, children who would normally receive free school meals are being supported by the Department for Education’s centrally-funded national supermarket voucher scheme.

If you think you may be eligible please use the relevant links below for more information and to obtain an application form:




St Helens

Updated (27-04-2020)

Latest news from the government

Some links to useful articles

BBC Bitesize

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK

New major package to support online learning - GOV.UK

Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education - GOV.UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers - GOV.UK

Parent/Carer Letter

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Updated Parental Guidance

Closure of educational Settings information for parents and carers

Thank you for all your continued support and take care.

Ms D Aspinall


COVID - 19 fraud posters

These posters have been developed to make people aware of potential frauds in relation to COVID 19 that are doing the rounds.


Phil Cragg
Community Engagement

Latest Information on Social Distancing

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Latest Information from Sefton

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Updated guidance for Parents (24th March 2020)

Please see updated guidance from the Department of Education. 

It includes links to information about:

  • educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • the closure of educational settings
  • free school meals arrangements
  • the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
  • travel guidance for educational settings

Gavin Williamson: Education Secretary

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response.

If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.


Press Release:

Further details on exams and grades announced

Dear Parent / Carer

Please see guidance published by the Department for Education for parents and carers about the closure of schools.  Thank you for completing our online survey allowing us to identify the students whose parents / carers are 'key workers'.

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

A separate message will be sent from Mrs V Leatherbarrow - Business Director to the parents / carers of children who receive Free School Meals regarding the support they will receive during the closure period. 

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch:  We will continue to provide you with regular information updates as necessary through our normal communication channels during the closure period.  

Finally, thank you for your kind messages of support and understanding over the last few weeks.  It is sincerely very much appreciated.   Take good care and keep safe.

Ms Davina Aspinall


Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Pandemic

We appreciate that circumstances are difficult for everyone during the period of lockdown in response to Covid-19 and although the school is closed at present to most students, we are still very much here to support you in any way we can. We have collated below links to support different aspects of yours and your child’s wellbeing. As well as this, there is a very useful document from Sefton Educational Psychologist Service which signposts resources and strategies for parents to emotionally support their children at home. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the appropriate member of staff through the school email if we can help at all.

Support for mental health and wellbeing

Sefton adult mental health urgent helpline – 24/7 0151 330 7200

Sefton Educational Psychologist document

Wellbeing of your child

Support for parents

EAL support 

Support for women and children

Young carers

Bereavement support

Online safety

Other information