Charging and Remissions Policy
The Governing Body has adopted the Local Education Authority’s standard charging and remissions policy within a policy specific for Elkesley Primary School (see Appendix 1).
Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards educational visitors into school, visits, trips, badges and awards, etc.
Although we do not charge for books and materials, we would expect parents to pay a reasonable amount towards the cost of any item of school property which has been damaged due to a child’s misbehaviour.
The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge for the following activities which may, from time to time, be organized by the school.
Residential Activities held during school hours: charges may be made for the board and lodging element of those residential activities which take place during school hours. Parents will be notified in advance of any such activities which the school proposes to organise and the estimated cost. Parental consent will be obtained for their children’s participation in any such activities for which a charge may be made.
Any charge for a particular activity will be calculated by reference to the actual cost of providing the board and lodging for each pupil; no other costs will be covered by the charge. Any remission arrangements for such activities will be at the discretion of the Governing Body except in the circumstances described below.
Activities held outside school hours: We will endeavour to provide a range of such activities from time to time. These will sometimes include day and residential experiences, and are known generally as ‘optional extras’. Charges may be made for these activities except where they are provided to fulfill any requirements specified in the syllabus of a prescribed public examination, or are required in order to fulfill statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to religious education, in which case, they are not regarded as optional extras, as such, and charges cannot be made. (Board and
lodging charges may still, however, be made for any residential activities subject to the remission arrangements described below.)
Parents will be notified in advance of any ‘optional extras’ which the school proposes to organise and the estimated cost. Parental consent will be obtained if their children are to participate in any such activities for which a charge may be made, eg
- Theatre visits in school and out
- School visits and activity days in school and out
- Visits from Authors, Musicians or Artists etc
- Extra-curricular clubs after school
Any charge for a particular activity will be dependent upon the type of activity and its cost and the number of participants. This charge will not exceed the actual cost of providing the activity, divided equally by the number of pupils willing to participate. The cost of other pupils participating in the visit will not be included in the charge. The charge may, however, include an appropriate element for such things as: the pupil’s travel costs; the pupil’s board and lodging costs; materials, books, instruments and other equipment; non-teaching staffing costs; entrance fees to museums, castles, theatres, etc; insurance costs; the expenses only of participating teachers engaged on a separate contract for services to provide the ‘optional extra’.
Any remission arrangements for such activities will be at the discretion of the Governing Body, except in the circumstances described below.
Materials and Ingredients: a charge will only be made for any materials and ingredients relating to activities taking place during school hours where parents have indicated, in advance, a wish to own the finished product, e.g. in home economics or CDT. Alternatively, parents may, in these circumstances, be asked to volunteer to provide the ingredients and materials prior to the activity taking place.
Nothing in this policy statement precludes the Governing Body from inviting parents to make voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school, or in support of any school activity, whether during or outside school hours. Any contributions sought, will be entirely voluntary and pupils will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents make a contribution in response to any invitation.
Breakages and Damage to School Property
The Governing Body or the Head Teacher reserves the right to seek reparation from parents where their children cause breakages or damage to school property.
The Governing Body reserves the right to review and amend this policy statement from time to time, as appropriate.