GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY
Although education is provided free of charge, the Governing Body of Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, trips and residential experiences can make towards pupils’ personal and social education.
The Governing Body hope 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.
The Head Teacher may seek voluntary contributions from parents for activities, in and out of school hours, which require additional resourcing. The contributions are genuinely voluntary, a parent’s inability or unwillingness to pay does not prevent a child taking part in the activity. However, the Head Teacher may cancel the proposed activity if insufficient voluntary contributions are received.
The Head Teacher may ask parents to pay for damage to and/or loss of school property and equipment when the accepted rules of the school have been disregarded.
The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge of the full cost to each pupil for any payments necessary for activities outside school hours e.g. extra curricular activities and clubs.
The Governing Body may, from time to time, amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made.
The following is a list of additional activities, organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents and carers. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:
- visits to museums;
- sporting activities which require transport expenses;
- outdoor adventure activities;
- visits to or by a theatre company;
- school trips outside of the city;
- musical events.
If the school organises a residential visit in school time, or mainly in 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 suggest a charge to cover the costs of board and lodging, although parents and carers who receive state benefits may be eligible for a subsidy. If we cannot raise sufficient funding through these voluntary contributions, the visit may have to be cancelled, and that aspect of the curriculum would have to be covered in other ways.
Children from Years 3-6 learn a musical instrument as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.
The school organises swimming lessons for children in Key Stage 2. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We make no charge for this activity. We inform parents and carers when these lessons are to take place, and we seek the written permission of parents or carers for their children to take part.
Extra Curricular Activities
The school offers additional activities of many kinds during lunchtimes and after school. Charges for these activities will be kept to a minimum to encourage wide participation. As with school trips, it may be possible to pay a subsidy, to enable some children to take part, from the Pupil Premium.
The Governing body may from time to time decide to remit all or part of the cost of activities involving particular pupils. This will be at the Governors discretion. In other circumstances, there may be cases of family hardship, which make it difficult for pupils to take part in particular activities which the school runs for which a charge is made. When arranging chargeable activities, the# Governors will invite parents to apply in confidence for the remission of charges in part or full. Authorisation of remission will be made by the Headteacher on behalf of the Governing Body.
Please refer to the DfE publication – ‘Charging for School Activities October 2014 for further information