Community Resources

At Elm Grove, as well as working hard to support children’s educational needs, we also work hard to support the emotional well-being of our pupils both in school and at home.  Here we have compiled a page of useful resources including free school meals, local food banks, COVID information and wellbeing services.

If you have any concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01273 708004 or email


In a bid to become more environmentally friendly The Nest team have met with the PTA and have set up a uniform/coat library, whereby good quality used uniform can be exchanged and passed on.

If you have any uniform/coats you wish to donate, please could you put into the boxes out front of the school/car park at drop off/pick up.

Thank you to everyone who donated and made use of our uniform library last Friday (17th September), we had a very successful after school uniform swap.

Please keep an eye out in our newsletter and on School Ping for our next uniform swap date! 


We know that this year, and last, have been very difficult for everyone. Whether you  have lost a loved one, are struggling financially or emotionally, we want all of our families to know that we are here to help.  We can assist in applying for financial aid, finding wellbeing support or just for some reassurance around your child’s academic and/or emotional progress.

Please do not hesitate in contacting the school, Louise Willard (headtecaher) or anyone from the Inclusion Team (contact details below).


We have created a new Inclusion Team email address to support anyone wishing to contact any member of the team. The email address is: (capitol I and T)

One of the team will get back to you as soon as possible during working hours if you contact them. The team comprises of: 

SENCO- Carla Kemp

Inclusion Mentor- Sam Barfoot 

Inclusion Mentor- Tammy Bowles 

Click here for The Nest Brochure 2021

UPDATE: COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace service : Leicestershire and Rutland LPC

Coronavirus Guidance (NHS)

Regular symptom-free testing is available for households, childcare and support bubbles of school-age pupils. Everyone in these groups is recommended to get tested twice a week using rapid LFD tests.

Please go to this council web page for details on how to access the symptom-free testing:


The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • Headaches and upset tummy can also be a symptom

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19:

  1. Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible
  2.  Only the symptomatic person, or those 18+ who are unvaccinated, should stay at home until you get the test result – only leave your home to have the test.


Brighton and Hove City Council- Emergency Help

If you need help with food, energy bills and other essentials the Local Discretionary Social Fund could help. For more information and online applications please go to the BHCC Emergency Help page. If you need any support at all- to discover your eligibility, assistance with applications or any other help please don’t hesitate to contact the Inclusion team via phone or email.

The Fund can provide help with:

  • buying food and groceries
  • paying for gas and electricity if you pay for it by key card or meter
  • essential items you need to live in your home such as beds, cookers or fridges
  • other support you may need in an emergency  

We will be prioritising help for people affected by Covid-19 who need emergency food and fuel assistance.

Claiming support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme – parents/guardians of children told to self-isolate

If you’re not legally required to self-isolate, but you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate, you could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment if all the following apply:

·       you’re the parent or guardian of a child in your household who is self-isolating, and you need to take time off work to care for them

·       your child is aged 15 or under, or aged 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, normally attends an education or childcare setting, and has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting

·       you’re unable to work from home and will lose income because you have to care for your child while they are self-isolating

·       you meet all the other eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment

Please visit for further information and to apply for a payment.

Parents Helpline

Worried about a child or young person? Contact the Parents Helpline for free, confidential advice via the phone, email or webchat.

We offer three different services to parents and carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health, up to the age of 25.

Go to:

OR for children specifically concerned about Coronavirus see the NSPCC website: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Children’s Mental Health Week

The focus of this year’s children’s mental health week was ‘expressing yourself’. (Official Website)

Below are a number of children’s mental health resources: 

(All resources linked are free of charge. As always if your or your child/ren is struggling please do not hesitate to contact us 01273 708004)

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Who are we?

The CYP Wellbeing Service is the hub for all mental health referrals for young people in Brighton & Hove, including CAMHS. It is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What do we do?

We offer a range of short-term support options for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs. All referrals are looked at on a case-by-case basis.


You can apply online or download an application form. If you need any help please contact the school office and we can assist you in your application.

Apply for free school meals here: B&H City Council Free School Meals

Is your child/ren eligible for free school meals?

You should only use this site to apply for free school meals if your child or children attend schools within Brighton & Hove and you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed below.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get 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
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after the 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 per year


Updated guidance for parents for supporting children’s remote education:

We have updated the guidance for parents to support their children’s remote education to provide more information for parents and carers as they support their children at home.

We have added top tips for supporting children during remote education, including links to information about the Reading Well booklist that supports mental health. We have also provided information on how to access online resources and services through your local library and online support for parents and carers to keep children and young people safe from online harm.

Emergency Food Assistance

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and providing ’emergency food’. 


Some useful resources offered: