Policy for Charging and Remissions
Columbia Primary School
We believe that all our pupils should have equal opportunity to benefit from all school activities regardless of their parents’ financial means. Our charging and remissions policy sets out how we will do our best to ensure this. This policy is in accordance with sections 449 – 462 of the Education Act, 1996.
Education provided wholly or mainly during school hours is deemed free for all pupils during school hours. The school may not impose a charge for any activities that occur during school hours, however we may ask for voluntary contributions, in order for particular enrichment activities to take place.
Voluntary contributions are not compulsory and pupils of families who cannot make a contribution will not be discriminated against. No pupil will be left out of an activity because his/her parents or carers cannot, or will not, make a contribution of any kind.
Where there are not enough voluntary contributions to make the activity possible and there is no way to make up the shortfall, the activity will be cancelled.
School trips – the majority of the cost of school trips during school hours will be met by the school. We will ask parents/carers for voluntary contributions towards any school trip that incurs a cost. We will ensure that costs are kept to a minimum without impeding health and safety.
A proportion of the cost of the annual school journey for children in Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils is met by the school. However parents are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of board and lodging during the time away. Pupils, whose parents are in receipt of Income Support, Income based Jobseekers’ Allowance, support under part VI of the Immigration Act 1999 or Child Tax Credit, provided that Working Tax Credit is not also being received, will be asked to pay 50% of the cost. Families that are finding payment difficult may seek remission from the head teacher.
A charge will not be made for class music tuition during school hours that is part of the curriculum.
For instrument tuition there will be a charge for music books and in some cases a deposit for instruments. Music books will be charged at 50% of the cost, and pupils will be allowed to keep them. Deposits will be returned to pupils who give back instruments in good condition. We will ask for the full cost of instruments that have been damaged maliciously.
Damage/loss to property
Charges will be levied in respect of wilful damage, neglect or loss of school property (including premises, equipment, books or materials) belonging to the school or third party, where the cost has been recharged to the school. The charge will be the cost of the replacement or repair or a lower cost subject to the head teacher’s discretion.
School Meals will be charged at the rate set by the local authority for pupils. Adults will be charged at the rate set by the local authority plus VAT and a small administration charge.
Breakfast Club and After School Play Centre
At present the cost of the breakfast club and after school play centre is met by parental charges with any shortfall made from school contribution. The costs will be reviewed each academic year and altered to reflect funding arrangements. Please see separate play centre policy.
From September 2019 we will offer full time places:
- Which are fully funded by the Government’s 30 hours per week scheme
- With a top-up charge. Parents can apply for a full time place by paying an additional £7.50 per hour (£112.50 per week, £4275 per year) payable in advance every term.
The school building is managed by the schools grouped PFI scheme. Lettings will be made subject to the contract and managed by TH Schools Ltd.
In order to remove financial barriers from disadvantaged pupils the school has agreed to offer reduced rates to parents in particular circumstances, this will be at the discretion of the head teacher, taking into account the family’s means. The head teacher may be expected to justify these decisions to the governing body.