Charging & Remissions Policies

Any charges made by the school must meet the requirements of the Education Reform Act 1988. 

The governors endorse the guiding principles contained in the Act, in particular that no child should have its access to the curriculum limited by charges. 

AIMS 
  1. To make a broad programme of trips and activities accessible to as many students as possible 
  2. To establish and maintain a fair and coherent system of charges within the constraints of the school budget. 
PRACTICE 

Charges will not be made for any activities which form part of a prescribed examination syllabus, or are in fulfilment of National Curriculum requirements. 

Activities which are wholly or mainly within school hours should not normally be chargeable. However, instrumental music tuition and/or loan of instruments may be compulsorily charged unless it is part of a public examination or National Curriculum course. 

In practical subjects parents may be asked for the full or partial cost of material or ingredients if they have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product. 

Voluntary contributions may be invited for trips which take place mainly within school hours. No child may be excluded because of inability to pay but the school is entitled to cancel the trip if the level of contributions does not meet its budgetary requirements. 

Trips which take place mainly out of school hours are chargeable; any insurance costs will be included in charges for trips or activities. 

Board, lodging and travel costs will be charged on residential trips, subject to statutory exceptions. 

The cost of examination entries for subjects taught within the school will normally be met by the school. In cases where candidates have failed to meet the school’s entry criteria but still wish to be entered they may be asked to pay entry fees, returnable on the achievement of grades in those subjects. 

Where candidates fail to attend for a public examination they must produce medical evidence to support their non-attendance. If they do not do this they will be charged the fee for entry for that paper/those papers following the end of the examinations or examination period. 

In cases where charges are to be levied parents will be advised in advance and monies collected prior to the activity. 

Requests for help from parents on income support or family credit will be considered and assistance provided within the limits of the school’s budget. 

Complete confidence will be observed in all such matters. 

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