During the school day all activities that are a necessary part of the National Curriculum plus religious education will be provided free of charge. This includes any materials, equipment and transport to take pupils between the school and the activity. It excludes charges made for teaching an individual pupil or groups of pupils to play a musical instrument. Unless the teaching is essential part of either the National Curriculum or a public examination syllabus being followed by the pupil(s), we will make a charge.
Voluntary Contributions may be sought for activities during the school day which entail curriculum costs, for example field trips which support the curriculum related teaching. In these circumstances no pupil will be prevented from participating because his/her parents cannot or will not make a contribution.
From time to time we may invite a non-school based organisation such as visitors supporting curriculum related work to arrange an activity during the school day. Such organisations may wish to charge the school for the activity, resulting in the school possibly asking for a voluntary contribution. Parents may wish to ask the head teacher to agree to their child being absent for that period.
Optional activities outside of the school day
We may charge for optional, extra activities provided outside of the school day, for example football club or gymnastics etc. Such activities are not part of the national curriculum or religious education nor are they part of an examination syllabus.
Education partly during the school day
If a non residential activity happens partly inside the school day and partly outside of it, there will be no charge if most of the time to be spent on the activity falls within the school day. Conversely, if the bigger proportion of time spent falls outside of the normal school day, charges may be made. When such activities are arranged parents will be told how the charges were calculated.
Charges will be made for board, lodging, transport and activities whilst children attend the residential. The school will aim to make the cost of the residential affordable for all children. If parents are in receipt of eligible benefits or in cases of hardship the school will investigate all avenues of financial support available.
When charges are made for any activity, whether during or outside of the school day, they will be based on the actual costs incurred, divide by the total number of pupils participating. There will be no levy on those who can pay to support those who can’t or won’t. Support for cases of hardship will come through voluntary contributions and fundraising.
Parents who would qualify for support are those who are in receipt of eligible benefits.
The principles of best value will be applied when planning activities that incur costs to the school and/or charges to parents.
If parents are in receipt of eligible benefits or in cases of hardship the governors will consider their absolute discretion the remission of fees (either in full or in part) for those pupils who they consider will benefit from such tuition.
The school’s charging and remissions policy can be seen on request and on the website.