Family Support

Family Support Practitioner

Our Family Support Practitioner is Cynthia Quarshie.  She is employed through an independent education charity called SHS. She works in partnership with FGCS to support children and their families to get the most from the educational opportunities on offer.
 

Cynthia Quarshie
Family Support Practitioner

Telephone: 020 8534 8666 ext 118
Mobile: 07799 411343
Email: cynthia.quarshie@forestgate.newham.sch.uk


If you’re feeling worried, concerned or just need a bit of advice, I’m ready to help you find solutions.

My role involves:

  • Acting as a link between home and school
  • Listening to you; advocating
  • Offering practical suggestions and advice
  • Going to meetings with you
  • Promoting regular attendance
  • Arranging adult learning courses
  • Facilitating a parent drop in

I can help with information and advice on:

  • Fitting in at school
  • Housing and money worries
  • Sign posting to relevant agencies
  • Benefits and support
  • Entitlement to free school meals
  • Supporting your child’s learning
  • Getting to school on time
  • Health issues and family support
  • Behaviour in school
  • Courses, training and volunteering
  • Bereavement

English for speakers of other languages

We are running ESOL classes for parents and carers of the school and local community. The programme runs for 18 weeks.  The classes are held on Friday monrings between 9.30am-11.30am in th eLibrary.  Parents/carers can sit and gain the City & Guilds Qualification in Language.

This is a rolling programme and places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

For more information please contact Cynthia on the details on the details at the top of this page or pop into the school reception.

Free School Meals

To qualify for free schools meals, you must complete the online application form on the Newham website:

If you have any problems completing the online form, please contact me at the school and I will be happy to complete the form with you.

Who is entitled to free school meals?

Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 (as at April 2012)
  • Universal Credit

Your child is not entitled to free school meals if you receive

  • Working Tax Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

Last updated: 12 November 2014

SHS Family Support document


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