Charging and Remissions Policy

Beecroft Lower School (now known as Beecroft Academy)
Summer 2012

Introduction

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 some individual or small-group music tuition.

Voluntary Contributions

When organising school trips or visits to enrich the curriculum and the educational experience of the children, the school invites parents/carers to contribute to the cost. All contributions are voluntary. However, if we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions we may cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents/carers have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others.
The 1988 Education Act draws a distinction between the term `charges` which are considered to be an obligatory cost and `voluntary contributions` which are self-explanatory.
Subsidies from various sources, such as School Fund andFriends of Beecroft, will be considered to cover deficits. Surplus finance will be used via school fund for the benefit of the children.
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. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit.

The following is a list of additional activities, organised by the school, which may require voluntary contributions from parents/carers; these activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:

  • Trips or visits;
  • Visits to see a performance or a performance seen at the school by a visiting company;
  • Musical events;
  • Sporting activities;
  • Outdoor adventure activities;
  • Transport to desired locations.

NB This is not an exhaustive list.

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 make a charge to cover the costs of board and lodging. Parents/carers of children who receive free school meals are offered the option to make a reduced payment.

Music Tuition

All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this. However, there may be a charge for individual or small-group music tuition since this is an additional curriculum activity and not part of the National Curriculum. These individual or small-group lessons are taught by peripatetic music teachers.

Swimming

The school organises swimming lessons for all children in Key Stage 2. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum; we therefore make no charge for this activity. We inform parents/carers when these lessons are to take place.

Lunchtime and After-School Activities

The school offers additional activities after school and during lunch breaks. We reserve the right to make a charge for these sessions.

Monitoring and Review

The Headteacher monitors the school’s provision to ensure that this policy is implemented and the Governing Body review and update the policy bi-annually to ensure that it remains appropriate and relevant.