This policy is called:
Charging & Remissions Policy
It applies to:
Lordswood Boys’ School, Lordswood Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre
Person responsible for its revision:
On both public websites
Finance and Premises committee
Date of update / approval:
Date of next approval:
The Academies Trust recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, trips and residential experiences can make towards students’ personal and social education.
The Academies Trust aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the students of the school and as additional, optional activities.
GUIDELINES – CHARGING
A voluntary contribution may be requested for visits and activities which take place during curriculum time. If insufficient contributions are received, the visit / activity will be cancelled. This information will be communicated to parents/carers in the initial letter.
The Academies Trust reserves the right to make a charge in the following circumstances for activities organised by the school:
Activities in School Hours
The board and lodging element of the following residential activities deemed to take place within school hours:
Activities Outside School Hours
The full cost to each student of the following activities deemed to be optional extras taking place outside school hours:
Music Tuition/Hire of Instruments
For those students who are in receipt of music lessons provided by the peripatetic staff, The Academies Trust will require a contribution from parents towards the cost of these lessons, payable termly in advance, unless the student is taking a public examination in music where performance is an element of the course. Where this is the case, students will receive free tuition on their main instrument.
CHARGING IN KIND
Creative Arts, Food Technology & Textiles
In these subjects, the Academies Trust may charge for ingredients and materials or require them to be provided if the parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product.
Students breaking, damaging, defacing equipment or any part of the school premises may be asked to pay for repair of the same. Charges will also be made for any equipment, books or replacement of cashless catering or ID cards lost by students to enable replacements to be obtained.
GUIDELINES – REMISSIONS
Where the parents of a student are in receipt of income support or family credit, the Academies Trust may remit in full the cost of board and lodging for any residential activity that it organises for the student if the activity is deemed to take place within the school hours or where it forms part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination or the National Curriculum.
Students in receipt of free school meals who receive peripatetic music lessons will be charged at half the standard rate. Pupil Premium funding will be used to subsidise these lessons.