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Support for Families


Registration and enrolment 

Pupils are normally transferred from primary between the ages of 11 years 6 months and 12 years 6 months, so that they have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education.


Parents of pupils who have moved to the area or who want their child to transfer to the school should contact the St. Benedict's High School office for information about appropriate procedures and to arrange a visit.


Parents of pupils out with our associated primary schools who want to send their child to St. Benedict's High, rather than their catchment school need to make a placing request.  The procedure for making a placing request is explained in the leaflet ‘Sending your child to school.’  You can download this leaflet from the 'Related Documents' section on this page.



Free school meals and footwear/clothing grants

Children of parents receiving particular benefits are entitled to a free midday meal / footwear and clothing grants. Information and application forms for free school meals and footwear and clothing grants are available from schools, registration offices, customer service centres or by downloading from the council's website: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk 



Education maintenance allowance (EMA)

An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an allowance of £30 per week paid to eligible students aged 16 to 19 years old who stay on in full-time education after the legal school leaving age.


Entitlement to an EMA is based on an assessment of household income.  The income thresholds for the EMA programme Academic Year 2017/18 are as follows:

Total Household Income for 2018/19

Weekly Payment

£0

to

£26,884

for families with more than one dependant child in full-time education

£30

£0

to

£24,421

for families with a single dependant child in full-time education

£30


The weekly allowance is paid every second week in arrears directly into the student’s bank account. It is subject to attendance at school.


For more information please contact either the school office, Renfrewshire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0300 300 0300 or email ema.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk 


Information is also available on Renfrewshire Council’s website:  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk


Medical and health care 

Parents should notify the school of any medical requirements or allergies that their child may have. If medication is required it is better if this can be provided outside the school hours but, in cases where it is necessary during the child’s time in school, parents should contact the school to make appropriate arrangements. Please note that staff are not obliged to give medicine to pupils.


Minor accidents are usually dealt with by a qualified first aider, if available. If a pupil takes ill or has an accident at school which requires that they be sent home or sent for treatment, the school will organise first aid and contact parents or carers.


It is very important that the school has contact details for all parents or carers and an additional contact person in case parents or carers can’t be reached. This information should be kept up to date.


The school will not send younger pupils home from school unaccompanied.


In the event of a serious illness or accident, a member of staff will accompany the child to a doctor or hospital and parents or carers will be notified immediately.





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Calendar

Date   Event  
Thu Nov 15th   S5 Raising Attainment Seminar
Thu Nov 22nd   S4 Parents' Evening
Fri Nov 30th   Holiday
Fri Dec 21st   School Closes
Mon Jan 7th   School Re-opens
Mon Jan 14th   Prelim Exams Begin