Charging Policy

Working together to recognise the value and realise the potential of everyone

Basic Principles

No charge can be made for education during school hours. The definition of ‘education’ includes materials, equipment and transport provided in school hours by the Local Education Authority or the school to carry pupils between the school and the activity. ‘School hours’ are those when the school is actually in session, and do not include the break in the middle of the day.

School trips, visits and practical activities enhance the pupils’ learning and broaden their knowledge and experience. Voluntary contributions from parents will often be sought from parents for these activities. No pupil will be excluded from an activity because his or her parents cannot or will not make a voluntary contribution. The opportunity to pay in instalments will be offered to parents who wish to pay in this way.

Exceptions

  1. Charges may be made for teaching either an individual pupil, or pupils in groups of up to four, to play a musical instrument if the teaching is not part of either the National Curriculum or a public examination syllabus being followed by the pupil. There will be no refunds for missed lessons.
  2. Charges may be made for materials when the product of lessons is to be taken home. For example in technology or art.
  3. Charges may be made for fees for students retaking public examinations.

Residential Activities

No charge is made for a residential activity taking place largely during school time where this charge is for education or for the cost of travel. Charges are made to cover board and lodging.

Children of parents receiving Income Support or Family Credit have the right to claim free activities. Charges will be made for holidays that take place outside of school hours.

Voluntary Contributions

Parents may be invited to make voluntary contributions towards trips or other activities. If a particular activity cannot take place without some help from parents, this will be explained at the planning stage. If a planned activity has to be cancelled any monies received will be returned. Voluntary contributions will not exceed the actual cost. Where an outside provider is used for out of school activities a voluntary contribution will be sought.

Breakages

In cases of wilful or malicious damage to equipment or breakages, or loss of school books on loan to children, the Headteacher may decide it right to make a charge. Each incident will be dealt with on its own merit and at their discretion.

Lettings

Letting arrangements, prices and procedures are available through the school office.

Financial Support for Families

Parents will be invited to contact the Headteacher if they are having financial difficulties and this would make it difficult for them to make requested voluntary contributions.

Pupil Premium and other funds will be used wherever possible to make sure that financial hardship does not preclude any student from taking part in an activity.