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 local food banks, COVID testing information and family wellbeing services.

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

Coronavirus Guidance (NHS)

The whole of the UK is currently under a national lockdown, this lockdown will last at least 7 weeks until the 15th of February.

This means that you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Further guidance can be found on the government website:

Current Government and PHE guidance is that the main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

If you are not sure whether their / your symptoms could be Covid, please always err on the side of caution: call NHS 111 or speak to your GP and follow their advice.

If you believe these could be Covid-19 Symptoms, you need to arrange a test immediately, either:

In circumstances where you are unable to obtain a test the school does  hold a limited number of at home testing its. These are reserved for specific circumstances.

Here are some support guides for managing during Coronavirus and this current lockdown:

Triple P Stepping Stones Parenting Guide Covid-19

Triple P Supporting Healthy Relationships Covid-19

Triple P Parenting During Covid 19

Triple P Parenting Teens During Covid-19

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:

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:

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.


Free School Meals

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