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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:

Executive Headteacher

Status:

Statutory

Website?

On both public websites

Approval by:

Finance and Premises committee

Review  frequency:

Two yearly

Date of update / approval:

October 2014

Date of next approval:

October 2016

RATIONALE

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:

  • adventure activities
  • courses and events organised by external bodies
  • experience of foreign travel
  • field study courses.

        

        Activities Outside School Hours

The full cost to each student of the following activities deemed to be optional extras taking place outside school hours:

  • concerts
  • environmental study visits
  • lectures by external bodies
  • musicals
  • museums
  • physical education activities
  • theatre visits
  • visits to places of worship or interest.

        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.

        Examination fees

  1. The student is being prepared for the re-sit. Re-sits of GCSEs post-16 are currently restricted to English and mathematics where tuition is provided.
  2. The school believes the student is capable of achieving a higher grade e.g - in the case of early entry.
  3. The school believes that the student’s performance has been adversely affected by staff absence.

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.

        

        Breakages/Damage/Loss

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.

GENERAL

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.