Charging and Remissions Policy

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Charging and Remissions Policy

The Governing Body of St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips, clubs and residential experiences can make towards pupils' education.

The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities.  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 after school clubs

 

Music Tuition

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

However, if opportunities arose for outside agencies to provide music tuition for our children, a charge would incur.

 

Swimming

The school provides swimming lessons for KS2 pupils. These take place in school time and are part of the school curriculum. Therefore, no charge is payable. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents to sign a consent form to give permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons

Sports: Extra Curricular Qualified Coaching.

If the school can offer additional coaching in some sports after school. (For example football. A qualified football coach, who is not a member of the school staff, runs and organises these sessions). We make a small charge for sessions such as these to cover the cost of the qualified coach. 

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. 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. 

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 due to personal circumstances resulting in financial difficulty within the family, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support a visit, quite often these costs are met by contributions from the PTA Association. The school is committed to supporting parents who may have difficulty, particularly in supporting families to enable their children to attend the Year 5 and 6 residential school journeys trips. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request. 

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The following is a list of activities, arranged and organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents.  These activities are referred to as ‘optional extras’;

  • visits to theatres and  museums
  •  theatre companies and speakers visiting the school
  • Years 5 and 6 school journeys  to Wrotham and Swanage
  • outdoor adventure activities;
  • sporting activities which will require transport costs
  • workshops organised in school by outside agencies
  • musical events

 

 

Residential Visits

When the school organises an optional residential visit in school time, a charge is made to cover the cost of activities and meals and lodgings. Some children may be eligible for a grant to cover all or part of the cost. The School Admin Officer will make enquiries on behalf of parents and complete any relevant paperwork to enable grants to be received.

Vandalism or deliberate damage

Parents are asked to encourage their children to respect and take care of the school environment.  If damage occurs caused by an individual, parents are informed by the Head teacher and the suggestion of a contribution towards repair costs will be made.

 

 Monitoring and Review

 The Governing Body may from time to time, amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made. Nothing in this policy statement precludes the Governing Body from inviting parents to make a Voluntary Contribution towards the cost of additional activities which take place in school time. Parents may be advised that the continuance of an activity may depend upon voluntary contributions, but once it has been decided to run such an activity no qualifying child will be excluded on the grounds of voluntary contribution.

This policy is monitored by the governing body, and will be reviewed annually.