Charging Policy

1. Introduction

1.1 All education provided during school hours is free. This includes materials, equipment and transport provided by the school to carry pupils to and from an activity. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum. School hours are those when the school is in session and does not include breaks or lunchtimes. Details of our school day can be found on the school website. The exception to this is the optional ‘residential school journey’, where parents are asked to pay for the visit. Parents in financial difficulty may consult the Headteacher, in confidence, as assistance may be available on an individual, needs basis.

2. Voluntary contributions

2.1 When organising school trips or visits, or visitors into school e.g theatre groups, which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of this. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel an event. If an event goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution.

2.2 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 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 a right to know how each trip is funded. The school will provide this information on request. All visits or enrichment activities are carefully calculated to keep the cost as low as possible and no profit is made from these events.

2.3 The following is a list of additional activities which may be 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 and topic related visits;
  • sporting activities which require transport expenses;
  • outdoor adventure activities;
  • visits to the theatre;
  • musical events
  • visiting theatre productions
  • visiting w0orkshop providers

3. Residential visits

3.1 If the school organises a residential visit in school time or mainly school time, we make a charge for the full cost of the visit. This covers tuition, board and lodging and transport for the visit. Parents who receive certain state benefits are exempt from payment. (Please see the Headteacher – in confidence – if you need to discuss this.)

4. Music tuition

4.1 All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum. We do not charge for this.

4.2 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. They make a charge for these lessons. Parents in receipt of state benefits can access financial support from the Derbyshire Music Partnership and/or Music for Schools. (Information regarding this can be obtained, in confidence from the Music coordinator – Mrs E. Morris or the Headteacher). Parents are provided with information about additional music tuition as pupils enter Year 3.

5. Swimming and Tennis

5.1 Swimming is part of the National Curriculum for PE. Swimming lessons take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. We make no charge for this activity. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons.

5.2 Tennis coaching is also provided for Upper junior pupils in the Summer Term. The coaching is provided by Chesterfield Tennis Association and is currently paid for through the Sport Premium Fund.

6. Sporting activities after school

6.1 The school offers a wide range of extra curricular activities. Where these are run by school staff and/or parent helpers, there is no charge. Where other sporting agencies e.g Chesterfield Football Club, Premier Sports etc provide coaching this is charged and parents pay this directly to the coaches.

7. Ingredients/materials for practical subjects (e.g. D&T, Cooking)

7.1 Parents may be asked to provide materials for these activities, if appropriate.

7.2 School will provide what is required, so all children can be included in the activity. No charge is made to parents for cooking ingredients and no child will be exempt from these activities.

8. Lost school equipment, books etc

Parents will be expected to pay or replace lost items of school equipment.

9. Breakages, damage to school property

Parents should be aware that wilful damage to school property (e.g. buildings or furniture etc) will be charged to parents by the school.

10. Primary Languages

10.1 From September 2014 all junior children are being taught a foreign language as part of the curriculum.

10.2 French and Spanish lessons are available for any interested children run by La Jolie Ronde for which there is a charge. This is organised by the provider.

11. Lettings

The school is used for lettings within the community. The charges for these are calculated using the

LA lettings calculator and reviewed annually.

The school currently has lettings for :

  • Leprechauns After School Care Club
  • Local cubs and scout groups
  • Local Table Tennis club

Any groups wishing to use the school premises should contact the Clerk to Governors – Sally Shaw via the school office – in the first instance for initial charges and information and subsequently obtain Governor approval before the letting can commence.

12. Charges for photocopying

If a request for private photocopying is made, then it will be charged at 5p per A4 copy

Signed: J. Palmer-Coole Headteacher Date: 19th January 2016.

Agreed by Personnel and Finance Governors 27th January 2016

Policy to be reviewed – January 2017