Hathershaw College

Financial Support

Financial Support

Free School Meals



You may be entitled to receive free school meals for your child. If you register with your local authority (links above), your child could get a healthy meal every lunchtime in our restaurant.

Children receiving free school meals use the same fingerprint payment method as everyone else, so no distinction is made between them. 


Support for Uniform

The college will offer support to families who are in need of financial assistance with uniforms, and have a number of options available, including the pupil premium grant (PPG) funding for those eligible. While parents/carers can't directly apply for PPG funding, it's always a good idea to speak to us directly by contacting the relevant Year Manager.


Oldham Connect


A local online and printed magazine with the aim of connecting local people with local news, events, deals and businesses around Oldham


Oldham Council – grants for families


Here you can find information about education grants and allowances: Children and family benefits, Student allowances, free school meals and Student travel


Support with Food


Oldham food bank aims to ensure no one in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust.

  • South Chadderton Methodist Church – Thompson Lane Chadderton
  • Shaw & Crompton Churches Together – The Salvation Army, Farrow Street East
  • Oldham Foodbank – The Three Crowns Centre, 1-3 Manchester Street
  • Sholver Community Centre – Sholver Lane 


Energy Support

Warm Homes Oldham


Warm Homes Oldham is an award-winning free service that provides advice, support and energy saving measures to residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and heat their homes.

Warm Home Discount Scheme


You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The scheme opens on 18 October 2021.

The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March. You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.

The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.