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Charging Policy

A positive learning community where everyone enjoys the opportunity to achieve their potential within a caring environment.

 

Policy for Charging for School Related Activities

The effect of the Education reform Act 1988 on charging in schools was set out in the DfES Circular 2/89. This has now been set out in the Education Act 1996, Section 457. LEAs and Governing Bodies have a duty to state a policy on charging with effect from 1 April 1989, and until such a policy is stated, no charges may be levied. This document seeks to fulfil that requirement.

 

All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum with the exception of individual or group music tuition and swimming lessons. Due to the small budget a charge is made towards the cost of swimming tuition and the transport to the baths. The school subsidises halt of the cost.

 

Voluntary contributions

When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution.

 

The school can provide information on how activities are funded on request.

The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘enrichment activities’. This list is not exhaustive:

  • visits to museums and exhibitions
  • sporting activities which require transport expenses
  • outdoor adventure activities
  • visits to the theatre
  • school trips for any year groups eg Crucial Crew, IMPs
  • musical events
  • Residential visits

 

If the school organises a residential visit in school time or partially school time, which is to provide education directly related to the National Curriculum, we do not make any charge for the education. However, we do make a charge to cover the costs of food, accommodation and transport to and from the venue. Parents who receive free school meals are exempt from payment.

 

Music tuition

All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this. There is a charge for individual or group music tuition if this is not part of the National Curriculum. The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons and the County Music Service charges for these lessons. Parents in receipt of free school meals and ‘Looked after Children’, are exempt from payment. Parents may request information about music tuition at any time in the school year.

 

Swimming

The school organises swimming lessons for all children. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We make a charge to help meet the costs of transport and qualified tuition at the pool provided for this activity. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons.