Family Support

Working closely with families to support the children at HJS

The services on this page are not necessarily provided by the school.

Although Henleaze Junior School does not have a dedicated Children's Centre, parents can access many services through the Upper Horfield Children's Centre in Sheridan Road.

We work closely with families to support the children in our school, and in some cases we can make referrals to outside agencies for additional help. Usually, referrals will be made either by the Headteacher, the SENCO or the Learning Mentor, but very often the first point of contact will be the Class Teacher.


Horfield and Henleaze Childrens Centre

A wide range of support is available for families with pre-school children, and we encourage Henleaze families to make use of all that is on offer.

"Alongside the outstanding daycare that is offered, there are a number of services for families and the community as a whole through our fully established family support team. Groups are available for parents to be able to come together, to share experiences and support their children to socialise and a more targeted service is available to those who need that little more help in times of need. Services that we offer range from Stay and Play sessions on a Monday and Tuesday morning; to domestic violence and stop smoking support, with a whole range of services in between."

Bristol City Council Parenting Courses

Very few of us can honestly say we have been taught how to be a parent - we rely so often on instinct, but there is no harm in admitting that sometimes we could do with some help or advice.

Bristol's Parent Support Team regularly run the following courses:

Note - some of these courses may require a referral from the school. The office will be pleased to help you.

We can also refer families to a series of one to one telephone support sessions provided by Family Lives. If you have any issues which you think can be addressed by talking to someone without committing to attending a course, this service provides 6 weekly calls of about 45 minutes at a time to suit you, with the same person each week.


Free School Meals

If you are in receipt of welfare benefits, your child may be eligible for free school meals. Even if you do not wish your child to have school dinners, it is really important that you apply, as this brings extra funds into the school budget. For more information and to apply, visit Bristol City Council website.

Here is a summary of benefits and evidence required:

Type of Benefit
Evidence Required
Child Tax Credit, but not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and you earn less than £16,190 A complete copy of your TC602 Revenue and Customs tax credit award notice for the current tax year.
Income Support A letter from Jobcentre Plus, which used the words "Income Support", and is less than 3 months old.
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance A letter from Jobcentre Plus, which used the words "Job Seekers Allowance Income Based", and is less than 3 months old.
Income Based Employment Support Allowance A letter from the Jobcentre Plus, which used the words "Employment & Support Allowance Income Related Only", and is less than 3 months old.
Guaranteed element of Pension CreditA copy of your Pension Credit M1000 Award Notice
Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 A copy of your letter from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) which will confirm your status