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.
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. We will tell you at the outset if any activities cannot be funded without voluntary contributions.
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 provides this information on request.
The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents.
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.
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. Any parents or legal guardians who are experiencing financial difficulty will be encouraged to approach the school where we will seek to find assistance with the charges. The Governing Body will determine the special circumstances as appropriate, however, in all cases parents will be expected to make a nominal contribution. If the visit makes a surplus due to grants this will be carried forward for the next group of pupils on a visit.
Voluntary contributions will, in all circumstances, be invited through individual letters to parents.
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. We make a charge for these lessons. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.
Breakages and Lost or Damaged Books
Where a child’s actions incur extra costs to the school, by wilful breakage of equipment, damage to premises, loss or damage to text books or library books, parents will be expected to pay a contribution to cover the whole or part of the cost. Each incident will be dealt with on its own merit and at their discretion.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school will endeavour to offer pupils a range of optional extra-curricular activities to widen their experiences e.g. Urdd, netball, football clubs. Parents will be asked for payment if outside specialist teachers/coaches are employed to run the clubs. Parents with financial difficulties whose children wish to participate will be invited to discuss individual needs with the Headteacher.
Refunds and Repayment
Where an activity makes a surplus, refunds will be issued by the school.
Payment made for trips etc. will not be refunded where costs have already been incurred.
The school charging policy will be subject to change if there is new LA or WG directives.