Assistance in Purchasing School Uniform

As we approach the end of term, you may find the following information helpful with regard to uniform and available grants.

There is a large swathe of unclaimed uniform in Lost Property as the academic year draws to a close – please could you encourage your child to check for it with Lost Property if they have lost any items of uniform over the course of this year. During week commencing Monday, 18 July 2022 any unclaimed items of uniform that remain in good condition will be dispatched to the Cumbria Cerebral Palsy Charity Shop in Brampton.

We have been asked in the past by many parents where they could donate any outgrown or no longer required items of WHS uniform.  We are delighted to inform you that we have formed a link with a Brampton charity shop – Cumbria Cerebral Palsy, which is located at 40 Front Street, Brampton – and they are our designated second-hand ‘outlet’ for WHS uniform.

They have asked that WHS uniform items be dropped off at the shop on a Friday only and that they are laundered and in sellable condition (no stains, rips or tears). Items will be available to purchase every day, although they may not be on display in the shop. To purchase please ask a member of staff for assistance and they will check the current stock.


Return to school grant for farming families

Farming charity RABI has announced a ‘return to school’ grant for farming families to help cover the cost of school uniforms. The grants, totalling £500 per child, will help cover the cost of not only school uniforms, but also PE kits and other equipment. Please see the link to apply or ring 0800 188 4444. RABI launches ‘return to school’ grants for farming families – FarmingUK News


Free school meals and clothing grants

Children of any parents who are eligible for free school meals because of their financial situation are automatically eligible for the school clothing grants, worth £50 for each primary school child, and £100 for each secondary school child. This is a substantial increase on previous years. Additionally, William Howard School will still offer one reduced cost blazer per student per year. Any parents in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credits or Universal Credit should formally apply for free school meals through the County Council website.  Applying online for free school meals and school clothing grants is quick and simple – the whole process takes around five minutes. Once approved, the council will send parents a voucher which they can redeem for cash at the Post Office, giving them the choice of where to buy school clothing.

If you were already receiving free school meals before the COVID-19 outbreak, you do not need to re-apply for free school meals or clothing vouchers. There is no deadline for free school meal applications – they are open all year round. Parents can apply online at If you are unable to apply online, please call 01228 606060 for further details.

Yours sincerely

Mr Chris McAree (Headteacher)

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