Recent News And Information



Message from all the staff at Birdwell primary school

Guidance for families suffering financial hardship


The council website has full details regarding help available for individuals and families who may find themselves in hardship during this unprecedented time:


Help for families who have had Changes to income:


If families have been working and their income has been reduced then they will need to contact the DWP to see if they are entitled to universal credit. The claim needs to be made on line with the DWP.

If their income has decreased but they are not entitled to universal credit then they may still be entitled to local council tax support or free school meals. The form can be found at the link below.


Council Tax, Local Council Tax Support and Free School Meals.

If families are struggling to pay their council tax they can contact the council on 01226 787787 and press opt 2. The lines are busy but we have put extra staff on the lines.

For anyone in receipt of local council tax support and free school meals and their income has changed they will need to complete a change in circumstances form as they may be entitled a further help with their council tax:


Entitlement to local council tax support and free school meals will be reassessed as soon as possible. If in the meantime they are struggling to pay their council tax then they need to contact us as highlighted above and a payment arrangement will be discussed.

Council Tax Hardship Scheme

The Government has announced that a council tax hardship scheme will be available to those who are considered ‘financial vulnerable’. Details of the scheme will be published week commencing 30th March 2020 and details will be made available here:

Other support / helpful links


 For general advice on what help and support may be available please visit:

The local welfare assistance scheme helps people who are in financial crisis due to an emergency or other unexpected circumstances:

For assistance with food please visit:

Web chat is also available on all council tax, council tax support and housing benefit webpages. The phone lines are busy and we are asking people to go online where they can.

If people do not have access to the internet they need to phone 01226 787787 opt 3. We will then make an appt to phone people back and go through the form over the phone.


Coming New To School

Coming in January, new to Birdwell Primary School, School Gateway. Pay and order your school meal online using the app, also book and pay for school visits. Here’s a heads up, check out the attached link for a quick video guide. The date when this goes live will be confirmed in the new year.


Notice for drop off times

It has been brought to our attention that children are being dropped off from cars in the middle of the road, on Hay Green Lane. This is dangerous as children can not see past the cars when leaving the car and crossing the road. Please could people park in the club car park as discussed in previous letters and notices, using the road crossing patrol provided at these times.


Please can you click on the link below to complete our quick school survey.


Click Here!


Can you please ensure when using the Venue/Club  car park for drop off and pick up to park at the very back . After speaking to the manager of the Club he is very concerned with the amount of parents continuing to park at the front and  his deliveries can not get through. If this continues WE WILL lose this option to park in this space  and will be forced to using Hay Green Lane which is already congested and not as safe for your children. Thanks in advance for your cooperation with this.


After School Clubs 2020

Friday – Street Dance with Miss Sarah 3.30pm-4.30 pm