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Charging Policy

1         Introduction

 

1.1      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.

 

2         Voluntary contributions

 

2.1      When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites 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 these children differently from any others.

 

2.2      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. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request.

 

2.3      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, exhibitions;
  • sporting activities which require transport expenses;
  • outdoor adventure activities;
  • visits to the theatre;
  • musical events.

 

3         Residential visits

 

3.1      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 ask parents to make a voluntary contribution for the education, travel expenses and the costs of board and lodging. If a parent wishes their child to take part, but is unable to make a voluntary contribution, we do allow the child to participate. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit.

 

4         Music tuition

 

4.1      All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.

 

4.2      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. They make a charge for these lessons. Information is given to parents about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.

 

5         Swimming

 

5.1      The school organises swimming lessons for all children in Key Stage 2. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We ask for a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of travel but not for the activity. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons.

 

6         Damage to property

 

6.1      Occasionally, where school property is damaged by pupils it may be necessary for the school to ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards either repairs to or replacement of prope
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