This policy has been formulated in accordance with Authority’s guidance on: Charging for School Activities.
The aim of this policy is to set out what charges will be levied for activities, what remissions will be implemented and the circumstances under which voluntary contributions will be requested from parents.
The Governing Body of the School are responsible for determining the content of the policy and the Headteacher for implementation. Any determinations with respect to individual parents will be considered jointly by the Headteacher and Governing Body.
Prohibition of Charges
The Governing Body of the School recognise that the legislation prohibits charges for the following:
Publication of Information
A summary of this policy will be included in the School Prospectus which will specify what charges are/are not to be made and for which activities voluntary contributions will be invited from parents.
the governing body intends to make a charge for:.
(a) board and lodging on residential visits (not to exceed the costs)
(b) individual/ small group tuition in the playing of a musical instrument
(c) breakages and replacements as a result of damages caused wilfully or negligently by pupils
( d) extra-curricular activities and school clubs.
Children whose parents are in receipt of the following support payments will, in addition to having a free school lunch entitlement, also be entitled to the remission of charges for board and lodging costs during residential school trips. The relevant support payments are:
(a) Income Support;
(b) Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
( c) Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
(d) Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual income (as assessed by The Inland Revenue) does not exceed the stated amount for the year.
Parents will be invited to make a voluntary contribution for the following:
The terms of any request made to parents will specify that the request for a voluntary contribution and in no way represents a charge in addition the following will be made clear to parents:
a) that the contribution is genuinely voluntary and a parent is under no obligation to pay; and
b) that registered pupils at the school will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have made any contribution in response to the request.
The responsibility for determining the level of voluntary contribution is delegated to the Headteacher.
Voluntary contributions will be used to: