Sections 449-462 of the Education Act 1996 set out the law on charging for school activities in schools maintained by local authorities in England.
The Governing Body are responsible for determining the content of the Charging and Remissions Policy and the Headteacher for implementation. Any determination with respect to individual parents will be considered jointly by the Headteacher and Governing Body.
Amongst other things, we do not charge for:
- education provided during school hours (including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment);
- tuition for pupils learning to play musical instruments if the tuition is required as part of the National Curriculum;
- education provided on any trip that take place in school hours;
- swimming as this is part of the National Curriculum.
Charges may be made for:
- board and lodging on residential visits;
- any materials, books, instruments, or equipment, where the child’s parent wishes him to own them;
- vocal and mucisal instrument tuition;
- extra curricular activities and after-school clubs (because this is education provided outside of school time that is not part of the National Curriculum)
- damage/vandalism/loss to and of school property
We ask parents/carers for a voluntary contribution for specific school activities, usually a class trip or to pay for a visitor to school. No child is excluded from an activity simply because his or her parents/carers are unwilling or unable to pay. If insufficient voluntary contributions are raised to fund an activity, then it would be cancelled. Often, we pay additional costs in order to support the event.
If you wish to read the full Charging and Remissions Policy, please click on the document below.