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 Charge and Remissions

October 2016

 

  1. Admissions

There is no charge for admissions.

  1. School meals

There is no charge for children from Reception to Year Six. Pupils who opt for a full time place in the Nursery will be charged £10 per week.

  1. Activities that take place during school hours (this does not include the lunch hour in the middle of the school day)

There is no charge for activities during school hours.

There is no charge for transport during school hours to school-organised activities.

We may charge for:

  • books and materials that the parent wishes the child to keep or has failed to return (the cost will be made clear to the parents before charge)
  • optional extras (section 4)

 

  1. Activities that take place outside of school hours (non-residential)

There is no charge for activities that take place outside of school hours when they are:

  • part of the set curriculum, including sports matches against other schools
  • part of the school’s basic curriculum for religious education.

 

Optional extras

The school will charge for optional extras. Optional extras are:

 

  • education provided outside of school time that is not:
  1. a) part of the National Curriculum
  2. b) part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school
  3. c) part of religious education
  • transport that is not taking the pupil to school or to other premises where the local authority or governing body has arranged for the pupil to be provided with education such as the cost of a coach.
  • board and lodging for a pupil on a residential visit such as Arethusa (Year 6 residential trip).

 

The headteacher will decide when it is necessary to charge for optional activities.

 

Any charge made in respect of individual pupils will not exceed the actual cost of providing the optional extra activity, divided equally by the number of pupils participating. In no circumstances will there be an element of subsidy required for any pupils wishing to participate in the activity whose parents are unwilling or unable to pay the full charge (section 9).

When calculating the cost of optional extras an amount may be included in relation to:

  • any materials, books, instruments or equipment provided in connection with the optional extra
  • non-teaching staff
  • teaching staff engaged under contracts for services purely to provide an optional extra, including supply teachers engaged specifically to provide the optional extra
  • the cost, or a proportion of the costs, for teaching staff employed to provide tuition in playing a musical instrument, where the tuition is an optional extra.

Participation in any optional extra activity will be on the basis of parental choice and a willingness to pay the charges. The school will need to have the agreement of parents before organising the provision of an optional extra where charges will be made.

  1. Activities that take place partly during school hours either on or off site

Where the majority of a non-residential activity takes place during school hours the charging of the activity will be the same as is outlined in section 4.

Travelling time is included in time spent on activity.

In cases where the majority of a non-residential activity takes place outside of school hours the charge cannot include the cost of alternative provision for those pupils who do not wish to participate. So no charge can be made for supply teachers to cover for those teachers who are absent from school accompanying pupils on a visit.

In this case the charging of the activity will be the same as is outlined in section 4.

  1. Residential activities

Our school will not charge for:

  • education provided on any visit that takes place during school hours
  • education provided on any visit that takes place outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education
  • supply teachers to cover for those teachers who are absent from school accompanying pupils on a residential visit
  • travel costs where the residential activity is classed as being within school hours
  • residential activities that take place during school hours.

Our school will charge for:

Board and lodging
When any visit has been organised by the school where there may be a cost for board and lodging, parents will be informed of this before the visit takes place. We will charge anything up to the full cost of board and lodging on residential visits, whether it is classified as taking place during school hours or not. The charge will not exceed the actual cost. Parents who can prove they are in receipt of certain benefits may be exempt from paying this cost (see section 9 for more guidance on remissions).

Travel
Travel charges may apply when the residential activity takes place outside of school hours. The amount charged will be calculated to cover the unit cost per pupil. These charges may not apply to those pupils entitled to remissions, but no other pupils will be charged extra to cover those costs.

Activities
The school may charge for residential activities that fall outside of school hours (see section 4).

  1. Clubs

We are dedicated to providing a well-rounded and extensive education for our students which includes a wide range of extra-curricular activities (extended services). Extended services enable our school to provide high-quality learning opportunities , increasing pupil engagement particularly with sports.

Clubs at St Joseph’s include:

Dance, Football, Cricket, Tag Rugby

Choir, Gardening, Art

If any charges are made, the total will not exceed the cost of providing the activity and no parent will be asked to subsidise others.

  1. Damage to property and breakages

Where school property has been wilfully or recklessly damaged by a student or parent the school may charge those responsible for some or all of the cost of repair or replacement.

Where property belonging to a third party has been damaged by a pupil, and the school has been charged, the school may charge some or all of the cost to those responsible.

Whether or not these charges will be made will be decided by the headteacher and dependent on the situation.

  1. Remissions and concessions

The school will give consideration to the remission of charges to parents or carers who receive the following support payments:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job-seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (where the person is not receiving Working Tax Credit as well)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Income related employment and support allowance

Children of families who receive these payments are also entitled to free school meals. Parents who are eligible for the remission of charges will be dealt with confidentially.

The headteacher and chair of governors will authorise the remission of charges.

The school may choose to subsidise part or all of the payment of some charges for certain activities and pupils, and this will be determined by the governing body and headteacher.

  1. Voluntary contributions

Procedure for School Trips (day)

  • Letter sent to parents/ guardians informing them about the trip. They may be invited to make a voluntary contribution for the cost of the trip.
  • Any child whose parents cannot afford to pay will be included in the trip.

However, in some cases trips may have to be cancelled if insufficient contributions are made. In any case where an activity cannot be afforded without voluntary funding, this will be made clear to the parents by the school. If the activity is cancelled all monies paid will be returned to parents.

  • Any child who has paid for the trip and on the day is ill or has a genuine reason for not going, will be refunded in full. There is no obligation for a parent or carer to make any contribution and the school will in no way pressure parents to make a contribution.
  1. Inability or unwillingness to pay

St Joseph’s is committed to ensuring fair access and treatment of all pupils, and this means ensuring that no child is excluded from an activity because the parents or carers of that child are unwilling or unable to pay. If there is insufficient funding for an activity, then it will be cancelled.

The identity of the child or parents of the child who did not want to make the payment, or could not make the payment, will not be disclosed under any circumstances.