Charging and Remissions

Charging and Remissions Policy
 
INTRODUCTION


This charging and remissions policy complies with statutory requirements, has regard to the Authority's policy statements on charging and is reviewed on an annual basis.
Definitions
Charge: a fee payable for specifically defined activities
Remission: the cancellation of a charge which would normally be payable


CHARGING POLICY


Activities without charge
There will be no charge for the following activities:
education provided wholly or mostly during school hours. This includes the supply of any materials, books, instruments, other equipment and also transport provided in school hours to carry pupils between the school and an activity;
education provided outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination which the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education;
instrumental and vocal music tuition which is part of the National Curriculum or the first programme in which the whole class engages with the KS2 Programme of Instrumental and Vocal Tuition (Wider Opportunities);
instrumental and vocal tuition for children in care; Voluntary Contributions
The school may ask for voluntary contributions towards the cost of school-time activities or external trips to assist with funding, subject to the following conditions:
any children of parents who do not wish to contribute will not be treated any differently;
where there are insufficient contributions to make the activity viable then the activity will be cancelled. Chargeable Activities
The school may recover the full costs of the following activities but charges will not exceed actual cost:
educational or other activities provided wholly or mainly outside school hours which are not:
(a) part of the National Curriculum;
(b) part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination which the pupil is being prepared for at school;
(c) part of religious education. ( note : schools may wish to specify particular activities which are subject to charge.
These could include commissioned services )
board and lodgings on residential visits (subject to remission arrangements).
provision of instrumental and vocal tuition, which takes place during the school day and which has been requested by parents/carers.
day care facilities Remissions
In some circumstances the school may not charge for items or activities as set out above.
This will be at the discretion of the governing board and will depend on the activity in question.
Remissions for residential visits
Parents who can prove they are in receipt of certain benefits may be exempt from paying part of the cost of board and lodging for residential visits:
Examples include:
Universal credit in prescribed circumstances
Income Support
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit, provided that Working Tax Credit is not also received and the family’s income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190


Breakfast Club
School operates a breakfast club from 7.30 am each morning.
The cost for this is 50p per day. F.S.M. children do not have to pay.