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Charging & Remissions Policy
CHARGING & REMISSIONS POLICY
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 individual or group music tuition.
When organising school trips or visits that 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 the trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contributions. We do not treat these children any differently from any others.
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. Parents have the right to know how each trip is funded, without identification of individuals. The school provides this information on request.
The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. 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 the theatre
• Musical events
• Materials for projects in class
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 cost of board and lodgings except for those pupils whose parents are in receipt of Income Support, Family Credit, Disability Working Allowance or an income based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
All children study music as part of the normal curriculum. We do not charge for this.
There is a charge for individual or group music tuition if this is not part of the National Curriculum. The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. We make a charge for these lessons. Parents in receipt of state benefits are exempt from payment (confidentiality is maintained for individuals). We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.
The school organises swimming lessons for all children from year 1 to year 6. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We ask for a voluntary contribution of £2.00 per child per session towards transport. Those parents in receipt of state benefits are exempt.
When charges are made, they will be based on actual costs incurred divided by the total number of pupils participating. Shortfalls will be covered by the school budget, contributions from Friends of Gosforth School (FoGS) or the Minibus Committee.
The principles of best value will be applied when planning activities that incur costs to school and/or charges to parents.
Monitoring and Evaluating
The Finance Committee will monitor charges levied and subsidies awarded to ensure that the principles outlined are carried out.
Additional copies of documents.
If additional copies of school documents are requested there may be a charge of 10p per side of A4 paper.