The Department for Education require both the Local Authority and the Governors of individual schools to formulate their respective charging and remissions policies. The Governors of this school present their Charging and Remissions policy as follows:
During School Hours
Parents will be expected to pay for:
Individual music tuition
The board and lodging element of all residential trips and visits
The cost of ingredients or materials if parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product.
Activities arranged by a third party subject to certain conditions and requirements.
Outside School Hours
Charges will be made for ‘optional extras’ defined as:
Falling wholly or mainly outside of school hours.
Other activities providing participation on the optional extra activity is on the basis of parental choice and a willingness to meet the charges.
Charges for individual pupils may not:
Exceed the actually cost of providing the optional extra activity divided by the number of pupils willing to participate.
Include an element of subsidy for pupils whose parents wish them to participate but are unwilling or unable to pay and include the cost of alternative provision for more pupils who do not wish to participate where a small part of the activity takes place in school hours.
If an activity takes place partly or wholly in school hours then voluntary contributions will be asked for to cover the costs. No child would be left out if his/her parents could or would not contribute towards the cost. However, any proposed activity would need to be viable otherwise the Head, in consultation with the Governing Body, would have the right to cancel such an activity. Remissions Policy
The statutory minimum must provide for complete remission of board and lodging charges to pupils whose parents receive income support or family credit if an activity takes place during school hours; or is out of school hours but covered by requirements relating to prescribe examination syllabuses or duties relating to the National Curriculum or duties relating to Religious Education.
The Local Authority or Governing Bodies from funds at their disposal may be more generous than the statutory minimum.
Any parent who is unable to support their child for financial reasons in the attendance of a school trip is encouraged to discuss the issue with the Headteacher.
The following is a list of additional activities, organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:
A copy of the Charging and Remissions policy can be found here.