Charging and Remissions Policy (Agreed September 2019)
We believe that all our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school activities and visits independent of their parents’ financial means. We will do our best to provide a good range of visits and activities for all pupils and, at the same time, try to minimise the financial barriers which may prevent some pupils taking full advantage of the opportunities.
The school’s charging policy is in line with the regulations set out in the 1996 Education Act. This allows the school to make a charge for board and lodging on residential visits, costs associated with individual or group musical tuition and activities which take place wholly or mainly outside school hours. This charge will cover the full cost of the activity in question in respect of all pupils.
Charges will be made for the following areas of activity.
Voluntary contributions are requested from parents/carers for activities and outings that are run during the school day that incur costs for the school e.g. class visits, transport to events, theatre visits to and by school, cooking and design where the finished product is taken home, etc.
Requests for such contributions will be made to the parents/carers by letter at the time of the activity and emphasis the voluntary nature. Parents who do not make such contributions will be treated no differently from those who do. If the activity cannot be funded without voluntary contributions, the parents/carers should be notified of this from the outset. If insufficient contributions are raised the trip or activity may have to be cancelled. Parents/carers are not obliged to make these payments, however, if enough contributions are not made the proposed activity will be cancelled.
Pupils entitled to free school meals (but not the Universal Free School Meals Offer) or whose family receives Income based Job Seekers allowance, Income Support, income-related Education 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 are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit are charged.
At the discretion of the Headteacher exception to this will be:-
In cases of known hardship, the school will offer to pay part or all of the cost in respect of individual pupils. This money will be met either from the school budget or other funds available to the school e.g. Pupil Premium (from April 2011).
The governing body will adhere to the following guidelines in order to minimise any unnecessary burden on family finances.
The Governing Body has determined:
The school has the right to require payment for any items of school property lost or damaged as a result of careless or needless behaviour, including damage to books, equipment and furniture etc.