Charging and Remissions Policy
‘In our Catholic School, with God at the centre of our lives, we offer every child a high standard of education. We meet individual needs, in a caring and loving community, which celebrates our faith’.
As a school which values each child as a unique individual created by God we believe that all children should have equal access to the curriculum we offer. All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum with the exception of individual or group music tuition.
Definition: The school day is defined as 8:50am-12 noon and 1:00 to 3:10pm
When organising school trips or visits, which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to make a contribution 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.
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.
The following is a list of additional activities organized 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;
· musical events.
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, we do make a charge for travel expense and the costs of board and lodging. Parents who receive state benefits are asked to contribute whatever they are able to afford.
All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.
There is a charge for individual or group music tuition if this is not part of the National Curriculum. The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. We make a charge for these lessons. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.
The school organises swimming lessons for children in Key Stage 2. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and request voluntary contributions.
Football and other clubs run by outside agencies
The school offers additional coaching after school. A qualified coach, who is not a member of the school staff, runs and organizes these sessions. A small charge is made for these sessions.
When charges are made for any activity, whether during or outside of the school day, they will be based on actual costs incurred, divided by the total number of pupils participating. There will be no levy on those who can pay to support those who can’t. Support for cases of hardship will come through voluntary contributions and fundraising.
Damage to School Property
The school reserves the right to make a charge for damage to school property, the cost of replacing any item, such as a defaced or lost book, where this is a result of a pupil’s behaviour.
Ingredients to materials for practical subjects
Parents are encouraged to provide ingredients and some materials. The school may charge for, at cost or less, or require the supply of ingredients and materials, if parents have indicated their wish to own the finished product.
A small charge is made for snacks in Foundation. These form an integral part of the curriculum and parents are charged each term to cover costs. In the case of non-payment, a reminder will be sent to the parents. If a parent is unwilling to make a contribution, the child will still receive the snack.
Any photocopying that is required by parents relating to their child, under the ‘Freedom of Information Act’ will be charged at 10p per sheet, and 20p for any colour printing.
Presented to Governors: Autumn 2017
Review date: Spring 2020