Abbotsbury Primary School’s Charging & Remissions Policy
The Governing Body recognizes the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including trips and residential experiences, can make towards the enhancement of children’s education and social development. The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of the curriculum and as an optional extra.
The Governing Body of the School is responsible for determining the content of the policy and the Head teacher is responsible for its implementation. The Governing body is responsible for considering any appeals from parents in relation to the application of the policy. The Governing body may delegate its responsibilities in relation to the policy to the Finance Committee.
The Governing Body reserves the right to make a charge for the following classes of activities organized by the school:
School Journey in school hours: the board and lodging costs.
Activities outside school hours: the full cost to each pupil of activities deemed to be optional extras.
Cost of materials: if parents have indicated that their child wants to take part in a club.
Individual Instrumental Music Tuition: covered by the Merton Music Foundation’s charging policy.
Activity Week: This is a non-curriculum based week in year 6 and parents are asked to cover the full cost. The Head teacher tries to keep the cost as low as possible and will come to an individual arrangement with parents about methods of payment, if requested.
The Head teacher may invite parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the costs of activities. The contribution is genuinely voluntary and a parent is under no obligation to pay. Registered pupils at the school will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have made voluntary contributions. If too few parents make a contribution and the trip is not viable, the trip will be cancelled._
Children whose parents are in receipt of the following support payments will, in addition to having a free school lunch entitlement, may also be entitled to the remission of charges for board and lodging costs during residential school trips. The current relevant support payments are:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
- Support under part 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided that Working Tax Credit is not also received and the family’s income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) does not exceed the sum given in the Revenue and Customs Rules
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
- An income related employment and support allowance that was introduced on 17 October 2008; and
- Universal credit
Any application for remission of charges should be made in confidence to the Head teacher, who may refer the matter to the Governing Body.
Parents with twins will only be required to pay for one child attending a residential trip or Activity Week.
Date of policy: November 2015
Date of next review: November 2016