Hagbourne CE Primary School
Summary for parents
We cannot charge for activities which are part of the normal school day or part of the National Curriculum but we can ask for voluntary contributions.
Examples of circumstances in which we might ask for voluntary contributions include:
Why do we need to ask for voluntary contributions?
We want to offer a wide range of activities to broaden your child’s experience but we can’t afford to do everything we would wish without help from parents.
What happens if I am unwilling to pay?
Your contribution is voluntary.
Your child will not be excluded from the activity
BUT if we do not receive enough voluntary contributions we may have to cancel the activity.
What happens if I am unable to pay?
Parents in certain financial circumstances (overleaf) will not be expected to make voluntary contributions
Will my voluntary contribution pay for people who have not paid?
No. The amount we ask in voluntary contribution must not exceed the actual cost of the activity per pupil.
We promise that:
We will tell you at the outset if the activity cannot be funded without voluntary contributions.
We shall give as much notice as possible of any activities which will require voluntary contributions.
The full, detailed, policy is available for inspection in the school office.
At Hagbourne CE Primary School we want to provide a range of experiences which add excitement and enjoyment to children’s learning and personal development. All our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school visits, curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Many of these activities have a cost associated with them and, unfortunately, cannot be provided unless we ask parents for voluntary contributions and, in some cases, make a charge. But there are some strict rules we have to abide by. Our charging policy, which has been agreed by governors, sets out what we will charge for, how we will try to make it manageable for parents and how we will help parents with limited incomes.
We can charge for optional extras
We can charge for any materials, books, instruments or equipment if you wish your child to own them.
This means that we will make a charge for:
We can charge for music tuition if it is not required as part of the National Curriculum and is provided for an individual pupil or for appropriate sized groups of pupils.
We promise that:
The charge will not exceed the actual cost of providing the optional extra.
We will obtain your agreement before we provide the optional extra.
Charging for residential visits
We believe that every child has an entitlement to a residential visit during their time at Hagbourne CE Primary school. This will be built into the school curriculum.
We can’t charge for transport although we shall usually need to request voluntary contributions.
We may charge for board and lodging (unless parents are in receipt of one or more of the benefits listed at the end of this guide). The charge will not exceed the actual cost.
We promise to help you to plan for these costs by:
Special financial arrangements
Parents who are currently in receipt of any of the benefits listed below will be exempt from paying:
In addition, reduced rates may be negotiated for:
Benefits required to qualify
*These figures and other criteria for FSM may change. The school will adopt criteria that apply.