Policy written: October 2015
The school’s charging and remissions policy determined by the Governors under section 457 Education Act (1996) introduced new provisions on charging and remissions for school activities. The purposes of the provisions are:
When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it will include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others.
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 do 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 provides this information on request.
Where a parent has made a voluntary contribution, but then the child does not participate in the event, it is at the discretion of the school to return the contribution depending on the following:
The funding of activities will be a clear and open process understood by all. We intend that our charging and remissions policy will be in line with that of the LA and that it will meet the requirements of the law.