School Dinners, Uniform, School Fund & Holidays

Don't forget, it is against the law to take holiday in term time, you can be fined, and lose your school place, so book your trips and visits during school holidays.

School Dinners

School dinners are free for all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.  

Snack Time and School Fund

 

Children receive free milk each day up until their 5th birthday. Children who wish to have juice must pay 50p each Monday.

School fund is 50p each week. This pays for a snack each day, and other curriculum 'extras' such as cooking ingredients, trips, special art project materials and other treats for your child's class. There is an option for parents to pay for juice and school fund at the start of the half term. Milk will only be supplied to under 5's which is free - milk is available as a choice with school dinners.

Academy Uniform

We request that all children from Nursery onwards wear academy uniform. P.E kits are required from Year 1, and all children require P.E pumps. 

The Academy uniform comprises:

 

  • Royal blue sweatshirt or jumper

  • White shirt or blouse (white polo shirts embroidered with the school badge are available)

  • Grey or black trousers/skirts (Girls may wear trousers if they prefer)

  • Black or brown shoes/boots.  No trainers or bright coloured footwear allowed.

  • Jewellery should not be worn unless it is for religious purposes.

  • No extreme hair colours or hair cuts

 

Major items of clothing should be clearly marked with the child's name. Shoes should be of a type that will not damage the floors and be suitable for children's normal playground activity.

 

Uniforms can be purchased from www.myclothing.com

Help with buying school uniform

If you live in Sandwell, receive one of the benefits listed below and your child will be in reception class or Years 7 to 11 from September 2019 you may qualify for a voucher towards the cost of your child’s school uniform. Vouchers will not be available to any child in Years 1 to 6 or Years 12 to 14.

The contributions available for this year are:

  • £20 for a child starting in an eligible reception class school from September 2019 only

  • £25 for child at an eligible secondary school in Years 7 to 11 from September 2019 only
     

It is important you read the following before applying.
 

You must be receiving one of these benefits:
 

  • Income Support

  • Job Seekers Allowance (income-based only)

  • Universal Credit - with a household net income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) **

  • Child Tax Credit (not including any Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of less than £16,190

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related only)

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit (Inc. Child Tax Credit)
     

You will not qualify for a school uniform voucher if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit. Please check your latest tax credit awards notice if you are unsure.
 

** If you are in receipt of Universal Credit you may be asked to provide supporting evidence, for example a copy of your Universal Credit Statement(s) 
 

Please Note: If your child attends any of the following Sandwell schools, do not apply for a voucher from Sandwell MBC as you will not qualify for a voucher. You will need to apply to the school directly
 

  • Oldbury Academy

  • Ormiston Sandwell Community School

  • RSA Academy

  • Sandwell Academy

  • Shireland Collegiate Academy

  • Victoria Park Primary Academy

  • Health Futures UTC
     

In addition if you live in the Sandwell but your child attends an Academy outside the Sandwell borough you will need to apply directly to that school as you will not qualify for a voucher.
 

You must apply before the 31st January 2020 as any applications received after this date will be refused.
 

For further information, call the education benefits team on 0121 569 8186 or 569 8189.

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Devonshire Infant Academy

Auckland Road,

Smethwick

West Midlands

T: 0121 558 1652

E: office@devinfacademy.org.uk

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