1.1 We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum unless we take the children on an outing linked to the work they are doing in school. All children are involved in activities regardless of their needs and the school follows the Disability Discrimination Act Guidance.
2 Voluntary contributions
2.1 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 ensure all our pupils are treated equally regardless of the contribution paid.
2.2 Because we are an inclusive school, 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. Please see point 2.1. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request.
2.3 The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which may require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:
- sporting activities which require transport expenses;
- outdoor adventure activities;
- visits to the theatre;
- musical events.
3 Residential visits
3.1 If the school organises a residential visit in school time or mainly school time, which is to provide education directly related to the National Curriculum, we do not make any charge for the education or travel expenses. However, we do make a charge to cover the costs of board and lodging.
4.1 The school organises swimming lessons for all children in YR 3 and 4. 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 their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons. If children attend an extra swimming lesson after school, then parents are asked to contribute to the cost of transport.
5 After school activities
5.1 The school offers a range of after school activities over the course of a school year, and parents are asked to contribute to the running costs of these activities.
6 When planning for out of hours activities
Our school policy for Charging takes into consideration:
- Inclusion – no child is prevented from taking part in an activity
- Equality – all children are treated fairly
- Targeting – children who would need the activity are not prevented from coming.
- Affordability – a threshold at which a payment becomes too difficult.
- Value – we are committed to providing value for money
- Profits – any profit made is put back into the school fund to purchase items for after school clubs.
- Costs – cover actual costs
- Consultation – consult with stakeholders.- Children, parent, governors
- Refunds – refunds will be made when clubs are not accessed due to ill health only or cancellation of a club.
Policy Monitoring and Review
- This policy will be reviewed every two years or before if the need arises following monitoring.
- This policy is accessible to all stakeholders on request.