Charges Policy

D’Eyncourt Primary School
Charging and Remissions Policy for Parents and Carers

 

Introduction
The Governing Body of D’Eyncourt 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.
Whenever financially possible the school aims to contribute towards these activities.
All education within the school day on the school site is free. We do not charge for any
activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum. However for certain activities we may
charge or ask for voluntary contributions e.g. trips or residential experiences.

In accord with Sections 449-462 of the Education Act 1996, the Governors have drawn up
the following charging and remissions policy.

This policy shall be made available to parents or carers on request.

Voluntary Contributions
The school may ask parents or carers for voluntary contributions for the benefit of the
school or towards activities. For example, contributions towards school fund, fund raising
and costs associated with school trips and visits.

School Trips and Visits
When organising school visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the
children, the school will write to parents asking them to contribute towards the cost. If a
visit cannot take place without some help from parents or carers, this will be explained at
the planning stage. No pupil will be left out because a voluntary contribution has not been
received. However if there are insufficient contributions, the school may be left with no
choice but to cancel the visit.
If a parent/carer has reserved a place on a school trip and is unable to take part in the visit
the school will attempt to fill the child’s place however, it is at the schools discretion
whether a part or full refund can be given.
Governors have agreed to subsidise some trips at their discretion.
Children entitled to free school meals (i.e. meeting the eligibility for free school meals before
the introduction of universal infant free school meals) are given the opportunity to pay for
trips/residential visits at slightly reduced rate.  The balance will be funded by pupil premium
income. At the Headteacher’s discretion, the full cost of trips can be funded for pupils
entitled to pupil premium pupils if necessary.

Optional Extras
Out of hours activities and clubs are classed as Optional Extras.
The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for
activities organised by the school:

Activities Outside of School Hours
The full cost to each pupil of all approved activities deemed to be optional extras taking
place outside school hours.
Some clubs and activities are funded from the sports grant.

Out of School Club
Out of School club runs before and after school. The charge is £2.50 per morning, £5.00 for
after school care and £6 for both.
Reduced rates can be offered for children in receipt of pupil premium or eligible for half
price school meals at the Headteacher’s discretion.

Instrumental Music Lessons
No charge is made for instrumental music tuition at the present time for a small group of children .However parents who wish to use School of Rock to provide music tuition  will need to provide payment for this.

Swimming
The school organises swimming lessons for children in Year 5 and Year 6. These take place in
school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We make no charge for this activity. We
inform parents when these lessons are to take place and we ask parents for written
permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons.

Charging for School Equipment
No charge will be made for materials, books or equipment needed for lessons. The only
exception to this is where wilful damage to the equipment by the child has taken place. A
contribution towards the cost of replacement may be requested.

School Meals
The school has adopted the standard Local Authority charging policy for schools meals.

Paying for Information
Where parents request copies of information under the Freedom of Information Act, the
Governors can make a charge for providing copies of information. This is detailed in the
Publication Scheme.

Monitoring & Review
The procedures in this policy will be monitored in the light of any new information and
guidance which becomes available