Charging & Remission
ST. LUKE’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL SALFORD
POLICY ON CHARGING AND REMISSION
The Governing Body of St Luke’s RC Primary School recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs and trips, can make towards a pupil’s education. The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school and as additional optional activities. The Governors may, from time to time, amend the categories of activity for which a charge may be made. Nothing in this policy document precludes the Governors from inviting parents to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of providing school activities. Voluntary contributions may be sought for activities during the school day which entail additional costs e.g. trips and visits. In these conditions pupils will not be excluded from taking part if parents will/cannot make a contribution. However the activity may be cancelled if insufficient funds are available to cover the cost. School hours exclude the lunch break, and those school hours notified by the Head Teacher to parents from time to time.
The Governing Body will make a charge for each pupil for activities organised by the school in the following circumstances:
- The full cost of activities, including board and lodging for residential activities, taking place outside school hours.
- The cost of providing individual instrumental tuition.
- The cost of materials, ingredients or equipment for certain aspects of the curriculum if the parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product. At their discretion a charge may be made for replacement of any item of school property that is lost or damaged. Charges made will only be made to cover actual costs. The principles of best value will used when planning activities which incur costs to parents.
Voluntary Contributions – the Governing Body may ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of any activity that takes place during school hours. Parents are under no obligation to make any contribution and the children of parents who are unable or unwilling to contribute will not be discriminated against. The school does not aim to profit from any voluntary contributions. In the event of insufficient voluntary contributions being made some activities may have to be cancelled.
In circumstances of family hardship that make it difficult for pupils to take part in particular activities for which a charge is made or where parents are in receipt of family credit or income support, the school will invite parents to apply in confidence for the remission of charges in part or in full. Authorisation of remission will be made by the Head Teacher.