1. This charging policy has been compiled in line with DfES requirements and in accordance with s457 of the Education Act, 1996.
No charge will be levied in respect of day trips that take place during school hours or are part of the curriculum, but parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution. No pupil will be excluded from an activity because his or her parents cannot, or will not make a voluntary contribution. However if there are insufficient voluntary contributions to cover the cost of the trip, the trip will be cancelled.
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 have the right to claim free activities. Parents will be offered the opportunity to pay in instalments.
Subsidies from various sources e.g. School Fund, PTA, donors, voluntary organisations, will be considered to cover deficits. Surplus finance will be used via school fund for the benefit of the children.
Materials & Textbooks
Where a pupil or parent wishes to retain items produced as a result of art, craft and design, or design and technology, a charge may be levied for the cost of the materials used. Textbooks are provided free of charge, but in some subjects, additional revision guides are available, for which a charge is made.
The school levies charges in respect of individual music tuition, and group music tuition up to and including 4 persons, if the teaching is not an essential part of either the National Curriculum or a public examination syllabus being followed by the pupil.
Activities Outside School Hours
For activities outside school hours, a charge up to the cost of the activity will be levied.
Damage/Loss to Property
A charge will be levied in respect of wilful damage, neglect or loss of school property (including premises, furniture, equipment, books or materials), the charge to be the cost of replacement or repair, or such lower cost as the Headteacher may decide.
A charge will be levied in respect of wilful damage, neglect or loss of property (including premises, furniture, equipment, books or materials) belonging to a third party, where the cost has been recharged to the school. The charge to be the cost of replacement or repair, or such lower cost as the Headteacher may decide.
The school will make its facilities available to outside users at a charge of at least the cost of providing the facilities. The scale of charges will be determined annually by the Infrastructure Committee.
The Headteacher, Infrastructure Committee or Governing Body may levy charges for miscellaneous services up to the cost of providing such services e.g. for providing a copy of an OFSTED report.
The Headteacher, Infrastructure Committee or Governing Body may remit in full or part charges in respect of a pupil, if it feels it is reasonable in the circumstances.
The Headteacher, Infrastructure Committee or Governing Body may decide not to levy charges in respect of a particular activity, if it feels it is reasonable in the circumstances.
In case of financial difficulty parents / carers should contact the Headteacher.
Approved by the Governing Body on: December 2013
Review date: December 2015