Charging and Remissions
ST ANDREW'S SCHOOL
CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PROVIDED OR ARRANGED BY THE SCHOOL.
This document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the procedures for charging and remissions at this school.
Th policy was developed during the Autumn term 1996 through a process of consultation with the Finance Committee. It was approved by the Governing body on 17th March 1997.
Last review: March 2017
This policy is reviewed bi-anually, the next review being in the Spring Term 2019.
1. This statement has been drawn up in accordance with the requirement of the relevant legislation.
The sections below set out some areas of activity for which charging is permissible under the legislation and the charging and remission policy of the Governing Body related to these activities.
A. Board and lodging and supply cover of Residential Visits.
2. In the event of any residential visit being arranged by the School, it is the intention of the Governing Body normally to charge the actual cost of providing board and lodging to each participating pupil and of providing necessary supply cover.
3. The Governing Body will observe the statutory requirement to remit any charge for board and lodging in the case of pupils whose parents are in receipt of means tested state benefit where the activity is deemed to take place in school hours or if it is out of hours but is provided:
- To fulfil any requirements specified in the syllabus for a prescribed public examination: or
- Specifically to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum: or
- Specifically to fulfil statutory duties relating to religious education.
4. The Governing Body delegates to the Headteacher the discretion to remit some or all of the board and lodging costs of residential visits organised by the School in appropriate circumstances. In such cases the criteria applied for remission will be made clear to parents and other interested parties and children will not be treated differently according to whether their parents have made a voluntary contribution.
B. Activities which take place wholly or mainly outside school hours, but which are not provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination and are not required to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to religious Education.
5. It is the intention of the Governing Body normally to charge for optional extra activities organised by the school. The basis for calculating the charge will be the proportionate cost, where appropriate, to each participating pupil for travel costs, board and lodging, materials, books and equipment, entrance fees, insurance, support staff and staff who fall into the following categories:
- Teaching staff employed by the Governing Body for the purpose of providing the activity;
- Teaching staff employed by the Governing Body to provide instrumental music tuition, or
- Teaching staff already employed by the LEA or Governing Body who have been engaged on a separate contract for services to provide the optional extra.
6. The Governing Body delegates to the Headteacher the discretion to remit some or all of the charges for optional extra activities where voluntary contributions, sponsorship or other forms of subsidy permit. In such cases the criteria applied for remission will be made clear to parents and other interested parties but children will not be treated differently according to whether their parents have made a voluntary contribution.
C Tuition in the playing of a Musical Instrument.
7. Peripatetic music staff visit the school to offer tuition in a range of musical instruments. Current legislation requires parents to pay for this tuition.
8. Remission of charges may be possible when parents are in receipt of income support or job seeker's allowance where voluntary contributions, sponsorship or other forms of subsidy can be arranged.
9. As a mainly non statutory activity, swimming will be supported by parental donation.
If insufficient funding is provided by donations this activity may be cancelled , and money returned to parents
E. Requests for Evaluation of pupils by independent schools.
10. The Governing Body will levy a charge at the discretion of the Headteacher on each completed request by an independent school for written evidence of a pupil's performance, aptitude and attainment and other relevant information in respect of each application to an independent school. The charge will be as determined by the Governing Body from time to time, calculated with reference to the time taken by the Headteacher and other teachers in providing the data. At present the charge is £75.
11. The Governing Body will levy a charge at the discretion of the Headteacher on each completed request for validation of a passport application. The charge will be determined by the Governing Body from time to time. At present the charge is £25.
There will be no remission, the Governing Body having decided that application to an independent fee paying school is a voluntary act by parents who will have accepted the financial implications of entering into a fee paying school arrangement.
F Breakages, Damages to School Property, Equipment and Books.
11. The Governing Body delegates to the Headteacher the discretion to seek financial compensation for breakages or damage to school property or equipment or to property belonging to others, where such damage was caused by negligent behaviour.