Charging and Remissions
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School
CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that, during the school day, all children have full and free access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
The school day is defined as: 8.55 – 3.10
3. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF HEAD TEACHER, OTHER STAFF, GOVERNORS ETC.
The Head teacher will ensure that the following applies:
During the school day
All activities that relate to the National Curriculum plus religious education will be provided free of charge. This includes any materials, equipment and transport to take pupils between the school and the activity. It also excludes charges made for instrumental and/or vocal tuition, unless that tuition forms part of the National Curriculum, part of the syllabus of a prescribed public examination, or the first programme in which the whole class engages with the KS2 Programme of Instrumental and Vocal Tuition (Wider Opportunities).
Voluntary contributions may be sought for activities during the school day which entail additional costs, [for example a visit to a museum, historical site etc….]
In these circumstances no pupil will be prevented from participating because his/her parents cannot or will not make a contribution.
From time to time we may invite a non-school based organisation such as for example travelling theatre company, life bus etc to arrange an activity during the school day. Such organisations may wish to charge parents, who may, if they wish, ask the head teacher to agree to their child being absent/taught elsewhere in the school for that period.
Optional activities outside of the school day
We will charge for optional, extra activities provided outside of the school day, for example rock challenge. Such activities are not part of the National Curriculum or religious education, nor are they part of a prescribed examination syllabus.
Charges will be made for board and lodging, except for pupils who are eligible for pupil premium where the head teacher will make it clear to the parents that we can financially assist them with part or the whole cost.
In order to make up any shortfall in overall charges by the residential provider e.g. tuition, parents will be asked to make a voluntary contribution. No child will be denied the opportunity of attending a residential if the parents do not wish to or cannot contribute voluntarily, however it is possible that unless sufficient voluntary contributions are received to cover the cost, the experience will not go ahead.
Charges will be made for specialist music lessons which take place during the school day, subject to the parent requesting the tuition. The charges will apply to individual and group lessons.
When charges are made for any activity, whether during or outside of the school day, they will be based on the 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.
The principles of best value will be applied when planning activities that incur costs to the school and/or charges to parents.
4. ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONITORING AND EVALUATION
The Finance Committee of the governing body will monitor the impact of this policy by receiving on a termly basis, a financial report on those activities that resulted in charges being levied, the subsidies awarded (without giving names) and the source of those subsidies.
Implemented: June 2017
To be reviewed: June 2018
Chair of Governors…………………………