Payments

Charges, Remissions and Payments

Charges as of September 2018

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School Meal £2.30 per meal
  £11.25 per week
School Milk £7.00 per term
  £20 per year (if paid in advance)
Book Bag (with name) £4.50
Extra-Curricular Activities £10.00 per programme (5/6 weeks)
Instrumental Tuition £35.00 per half-term (£210 per year)
Nursery (Afternoon Fees) £12.00 per afternoon (11.45am – 3.00pm)
Morning Club £2.00 per session
After-School Club £5.50 (short session)
  £11.00 (long session)
School Uniform See Uniform suppliers page.
Charging Policy  

The Department for Education requires that:

  • School governing bodies, subject to the limited exceptions, cannot charge for education provided during school hours, including the supply of any materials, books, equipment or instruments
  • Schools must ensure that they inform parents on low incomes and in receipt of the benefits  of the support available to them when being asked for contributions towards the costs of school visits

The school will not charge for:

  • admissions to the school
  • education activities and lessons which take place during the school day
  • education provided outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum or Religious Education
  • instrumental or vocal tuition, for pupils learning individually or in groups, unless the tuition has been agreed by parents
  • entry for public examinations
  • transport or instructor fees for swimming lessons
  • books, pens, pencils and other equipment used during the school day

The school will charge for:

  • any materials, books or equipment where the child’s parent wishes him/her to own them
  • any materials or books which have been lost or misplaced, e.g. reading or library books
  • optional extras
  • instrumental tuition (e.g. clarinet, trumpet)
  • additional ‘Top-Up’ Early Years provision (beyond the statutory funded 15 hours)
  • use of community facilities

Optional Extras include:

  • education provided outside school time that is not part of the National Curriculum
  • board and lodging and voluntary contributions for a residential visit
  • childcare – morning club and after-school club
  • extra-curricular activities

Participation in any optional extra activity will be on the basis of parental choice and a willingness to meet the charges. Parental agreement is therefore a necessary pre-requisite for the provision of an optional extra where charges will be made.

Any charges made in respect of individual pupils must not exceed the actual cost of providing the optional extra activity, divided equally by the number of pupils participating.  It must not therefore include an element of subsidy for any other pupils wishing to participate in the activity whose parents are unwilling or unable to pay the full charge.

VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

The school can and will ask for voluntary contributions to support any school activities which might include educational visits, residential visits and other curriculum activities, e.g. school-based workshops run by external providers.

Although many of the class visits and other events organised by the school take place for the purposes of enriching the curriculum and take place during school hours, we ask for voluntary contributions to ensure that a wide range of such visits can be offered by the school.  Parents are not obliged to make any financial contribution.  However, in reality, if we did not receive voluntary contributions for the many educational visits we organise for our children, many of the visits simply would not take place as the school budget would not be able to fund them entirely.

In general, the school will:

  • attempt to reduce the requested voluntary contribution for each educational visit; it will always be less than the full cost
  • balance the cost of voluntary contributions across the year as much as possible
  • generally not ask for a voluntary contribution for a curriculum activity which takes place on the school premises
  • not ask for a voluntary contribution for visits to places of worship (e.g. Mosque visit) or safety workshops, e.g. Crucial Crew
  • fund entirely from school budget some educational visits and activities
  • not cancel a class visit or event if the costs cannot be covered by voluntary contributions, although we reserve the right to do so and consider the impact of this of future activities
  • not discriminate against any child or family who struggle or choose not to pay a voluntary contribution
  • not excluded a child from an activity or educational visits because because his/her parents are unable or unwilling to pay
  • not pressure parents into paying a voluntary contribution

MUSIC TUITION

Although the law states that, in general, all education provided during school hours must be free, instrumental and vocal music tuition is an exception to that rule.  The Charges for Music Tuition (England) Regulations 2007 set out the circumstances in which charges can be made for tuition in playing a musical instrument, including vocal tuition.  Charges may be made for vocal or instrumental tuition provided either individually or to groups of any size, provide that the tuition is provided at the request (by agreement and consent) of the pupil’s parent. In essence, this means that parents’ must agree to the child receiving tuition during the school day by a qualified tutor.   Charges may not exceed the cost of the provision, including the cost of staff who provide the tuition.  Charges do not apply to children who are looked after by a local authority.

SUPPORT FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

The school can offer financial support for low-income families, including remitting (cancelling) the voluntary contributions requested by the school for educational and residential visits, music tuition and other activities.

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