Charging and Remissions Policy

Charging and Remissions Policy

1. Introduction

All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum. Swimming is part of the National Curriculum and the school asks for a voluntary contribution from parents.

2. Voluntary contributions

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.

3. Music tuition

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

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. We make a charge for these lessons. Parents in receipt of state benefits are exempt from payment through a remission of fees policy operated by County.

Application for remission of fees Brenda George 01582 830380

We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.

4. Swimming

The school organises swimming lessons for junior school children. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We ask parents to make a voluntary contribution to pay for the instructors, transport and the hire of Westminster Lodge Swimming Pool for this activity. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place.

5. Other Activities

From the school’s delegated budget, and PTA contributions the school may fund activities which broaden the curriculum offered and widen the experience of the children, e.g. visiting theatre groups, PE specialist instruction. If such opportunities arise but budgetary constraints apply, the school may ask for contributions to support the activity from parents. We offer a range of after school activities. Some of these activities are organised and run by an outside company and there may be a charge.

6. Inclusion

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, and they are treated no differently to those whose parents have made a contribution. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit but trips or activities which are insufficiently supported by voluntary contributions may be cancelled. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request.

For residential visits

• Sandridge Ecclesiastical Charity can be contacted to provide funding or part funding for parents who are unable to meet the cost.

• Grant applications from Hertfordshire Educational Foundation

Joanne Harris 01992 588525 Resources Division


Reviewed by Governors Finance and Premises Committee Summer 2012