AIMS

The aim of this policy sets out what charges will be levied for school activities, external lettings and extended school provision and the circumstances under which voluntary contributions will be requested from the parents.

EDUCATION

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.

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ACTIVITIES AS PART OF THE CURRICULUM

When organising school trips, visits or workshop activities which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the activity. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel the activity.

If a parent wishes their child to take part in a school trip or event, but is unwilling or unable to make a voluntary contribution, the child is still allowed to participate fully in the trip or activity as long as parental consent has been given.

If appropriate and funds allow, the PTA may pay a proportion of the costs in order to support a visit. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded.

SWIMMING

The school organises swimming lessons for groups of children. Lessons take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We do not ask for a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of swimming lessons or transport. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

There may be a charge/voluntary contribution for other optional activities which take place and are not required in order to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to Religious Education. The basis for calculating the charge will be proportionate for each participating pupil for travel, board and lodging, materials, books, equipment, entrance fees and insurance. Such additional activities which require voluntary contributions from parents are:-

Visits to other locations for outdoor/indoor activities.

Visits to the theatre.

Visits to musical events.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

A parent is under no obligation to pay a voluntary contribution and no child will be treated any differently according to whether or not parents have made any contribution in response to a request.

RESIDENTIAL VISITS

The School organises an annual Cluster residential visit for Y4 children. The cost of this trip includes board and lodging, transport, materials, entrance fees to any sites and charges for activities. Parents will be given the option of paying by instalments for the residential visit.

REMISSIONS

Where the parents of a pupil are in receipt of income support the school will remit the full cost of board and lodgings for any residential activity which takes place within school hours or where it forms part of the syllabus of the National Curriculum.

In cases of family hardship which make it difficult for pupils to take part in particular activities for which a charge is made, parents can apply in confidence for the remission of the charges in part or in full. Authorisation of remission will be made by the Headteacher, who may consult with the Chair of Governors.

EXTERNAL LETTINGS

Charges and terms and conditions for the letting of school premises and grounds are included in the School’s Lettings Policy.

Reviewed June 2013