Charging Policy

All education during school hours is free. At present we do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum.

Voluntary Contributions
The Headteacher or Governing Body may ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of:

  • any activity which takes place during school hours;
  • school equipment;
  • school funds generally.

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 event. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel the event. If an event goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others. 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, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school will provide this information on request.

The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are intended to enrich and support the curriculum.

This list is not exhaustive:

  • Visits to museums;
  • Sporting activities which require transport expenses;
  • Outdoor adventure activities;
  • Visits to the theatre;
  • School trips
  • Musical events.
  • Visitors to school e.g. theatre groups

Residential visits
Schools are permitted to charge for the cost of board and lodging during residential school trips, even if they occur mainly during school time. This cost must not exceed the actual cost of the provision.

Where the trip takes place wholly, or mainly, during school hours, children whose parents are in receipt of the following support payments will, in addition to having a free school lunch entitlement, also be entitled to the remission of the charge for board and lodging:

  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • An income-related employment and support allowance;
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Child Tax Credit provided the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income, assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,040 (2009-10)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

Music tuition
All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.

There may sometimes be a charge for individual or group music tuition by peripatetic music teachers if this is not part of the National Curriculum. Parents in receipt of state benefits may get help with payment. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.

Swimming
The school organises swimming lessons for all children in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1. These take place in school time. We ask parents to make a voluntary payment for these lessons to cover the cost of specialist tuition and transport. 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. No child is excluded from these lessons because of an inability to pay. 

Breakages and Lost or Damaged Books
Where a child’s actions incur extra costs to the school, by breakage of equipment, damage to premises, loss or damage to text books or library books, parents will be invited to pay a contribution to cover the whole or part of the cost.

Extra Curricular Activities
The school will try to offer the children a range of optional extra curricular activities to widen their experiences e.g. French club, art, netball, hockey, football, dance, ICT, multi sports clubs. Parents may be asked for payment if outside specialist teachers/coaches are employed to run the clubs or if there is a cost for additional materials such as in cooking. Parents with financial difficulties whose children wish to participate will be invited to discuss individual needs with the Headteacher.

Design Technology
The design technology curriculum requires the children to plan, design and make items which sometimes require mechanisms etc. to make them work. At the end of projects, if the children would like to bring their working model home, it may be necessary to make a small charge of to cover the cost of the mechanisms and specialist materials and ingredients.