Charges, Remissions and Payments
Charges as of September 2018
The Department for Education requires that:
The school will not charge for:
The school will charge for:
Optional Extras include:
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.
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:
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.