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Charging and Remission

 

 

CHARGING POLICY

1             Introduction

1.1          All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum.

2             Voluntary contributions

2.1          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 trip. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others.

2.2          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.

2.3          The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:

  • visits to museums;
  • sporting activities which require transport expenses;
  • outdoor adventure activities;
  • visits to the theatre;
  • residential school trips;
  • musical events.

3             Residential visits

3.1          If the school organises a residential visit in school time or mainly school time, which is to provide education directly related to the National Curriculum, then Parents/Carers are required to make a contribution towards travel expenses and the scheduled educational activities. However, we do charge the full cost of board and lodgings directly to the Parents/Carers. Arrangements with the Head teacher can be made to extend the payment period for families who may find the cost prohibitive. Parents/Carers will be asked to sign an Agreement Form which specifies an agreed sum to be paid on a weekly basis, for a specified time period which will not exceed the date when the child will leave Barlby and subsequently categorised as ‘off role’.

               Parents/Carers who receive state benefits are exempt from payment. However, everyone is requested to make a contribution towards the overall cost. A reduced cost is payable for families on income support.

It should be noted that if sufficient funds are not collected then the residential visit will not take place.

4             Music tuition

4.1          All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.

4.2          The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. We do not make a charge for these lessons. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year. Parents/Carers are invited to make voluntary contributions to fund the cost of instrument repair and general maintenance.

5             Swimming

5.1          The school organises swimming lessons for all children in Key Stage 2, from Years 3 to 5. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We make no charge for this activity. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons.

6             Additional Sports Coaching

6.1          On occasions, the school offers additional sports coaching. Qualified coaches, who are not members of the school staff, run and organise these sessions. We make a small charge for these sessions. These specialist sessions may take place in school hours and are in addition to the children’s two hours of PE per week.

7             Other Out of Hours Activities

7.1          We offer a range of clubs and out of school hours learning experiences. Some are free of charge and are organised by our Extended Day and Partnerships Teacher. To extend the variety of opportunities available to our children, we may arrange for additional specialists to manage out of hours learning activities. There is a charge for participation in these sessions, and payments vary depending on the activity. All payments must be made on a termly basis to secure a child’s participation. Refunds are not issued for poor attendance or missed sessions. A full list of clubs is available at the school office.

8             Bus and Transport Charges

8.1          We normally charge children if they are transported in a minibus or coach to an off-site venue to participate in an extra-curricular activity. However, we use these charges only to cover the expenses of the trip, and not to make a profit.

9             Breakfast Club

9.1          Breakfast Club continues to be a service which is managed by the School.

               Costs are calculated to cover staffing, materials for activities and a breakfast menu. No profit is made from this service.

9.2          Costs are as follows:       

               WEEKLY: £13.75 per week (equivalent daily rate = £2.75).

                                  Increasing to £15.00 per week (equivalent to daily rate= £3.00) in September 2016

           

Date: April 2016