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St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School

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Charging and Remissions Policy

 

CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY

ST PETER’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

OVERVIEW

The education we provide wholly or mainly during school hours will be free but on some occasions a ‘voluntary’ contribution towards the cost of an activity may be requested by the school. Parents are free to decide whether or not to contribute. This policy sets out the principles upon which the school will operate charges and remissions

OBJECTIVES

  1. To make clear what will be provided without charge and what will be offered with a charge being made.
  2. To clarify what is meant by any request for voluntary contributions.
  3. VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS
  1. When organizing school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites the 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 those children differently from the others.
  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.      
  3. The following is a list of additional activities organized by the school, which require a voluntary contribution from parents.       This list is not exhaustive:
    • Visits to museums/art galleries
    • Outdoor adventure activities
    • Visits to the theatre
    • Horse Riding

STRATEGIES

  1. No charge will be made for admitting pupils to school.
  2. The school organizes swimming lessons for all children in Year 4. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. Transport and admission costs will be met by the school. We inform parents when these lessons are taking place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in these lessons.
  3. The school may request voluntary contributions towards the cost of some activities planned during school hours.
  4. Where parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of an activity which takes place during school hours or to school equipment or school funds, the contribution will be genuinely voluntary. Pupils of parents who are unable or unwilling to contribute will not be discriminated against.
  5. When there are insufficient voluntary contributions to make an activity possible, and when there is no way to make up the shortfall, it will be cancelled.
  6. On residential trips that take place wholly, or mainly, during school hours, the school will charge for the cost of board and lodging at the actual cost of the provision. Residential trips usually take place mainly during weekend periods in order not to disrupt the teaching timetable. The charging policy then changes in that parents are expected to fund the whole cost of the trip. In order to ensure that no child is penalized from a financial point of view, we try to give notification for such trips so that parents may pay a regular amount into the trip fund each week.
  7. Children whose parents are in receipt of some specific support payments will, in addition to having a free school lunch entitlement, also be entitled to the remission of these charges. A similar entitlement will apply when the trip takes place outside school hours but where it is necessary either as part of the national curriculum or the syllabus for religious education.
  8. Where music tuition or singing tuition is not an essential part of the National Curriculum, charges may be made. The peripatetic Music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. Rochdale Music Service provide this service. All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.The funding of activities will be a clear and open process understood by all. We intend that our charging and remissions policy will be in line with that of the LA and that it will meet the requirements of the law.  
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