Saint Cecilia’s recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, trips and residential visits can make towards pupils and students all round educational experience and their personal and social development.
Charging and Remissions Policy
The Education Act 1996 (Chapter 56) allows Governing Bodies to levy a charge in the following circumstances:
- costs associated with tuition in the playing of a musical instrument to an individual or group of up to four pupils where this is not provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed Public Examination and is not required by the National Curriculum;
- where activities take place wholly or mainly outside school hours (8:30am until 2:30pm during term time) which are not provided as part of the syllabus for a prescribed public examination and which are not required to fulfill statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or Religious Education;
- for the actual cost of board and lodgings where a school activity involves pupils spending one or more nights away from home, except for pupils whose parents/carers are in receipt of Income Support, Working Families Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Disabled Persons Tax Credit or an income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (or their replacements);
for the costs of preparing and entering a pupil for a Public Examination which is not prescribed in regulations and where the preparation takes place outside school hours;
- for the recovery of Public Examination entry fees originally paid by the Governing Body where the pupil fails without good reason to complete the requirements for entry;
- where pupils re-sit a prescribed Public Examination but no further preparation has been provided by the school;
where pupils re-sit a prescribed Public Examination at the request of a Parent/Carer in order to improve a grade which the school’s Professional Staff deem to have been an accurate reflection of the pupil’s expected attainment;
- for the costs associated with the re-scrutiny of a pupil’s Public Examination results, should this be at the request of a Parent or Carer;
- for transport costs directly from and to a pupil’s home where an activity is sanctioned by, though not provided by, the school or Local Authority;
- for materials and ingredients used during the teaching programme for any subject where parents have indicated in advance that they or the child wish to own the finished product;
- for “optional extra” activities that happen outside school hours where Parents/Carers agree to pay.
The Governing Body of Saint Cecilia’s will also require parents/carers to pay for the actual cost of repairs to the school buildings, furniture or equipment where the damage is not accidental, and for books and equipment damaged or defaced, deliberately or otherwise, whilst in a pupil’s safe-keeping.
The Governing Body of Saint Cecilia’s may:
- request voluntary contributions from parents/carers for any activity, notwithstanding the Parent/Carer’s right to decline to contribute yet still have their child included in the activity, unless it falls within the provisions outlined above;
- remit some or all of the board and lodging charges for Residential Activities where Parents/Carers demonstrate substantial financial difficulties;
- at its discretion, contribute financially to offset the cost of activities offered wholly or mainly during teaching time;
at its discretion, subsidise or meet the full cost of activities described as “optional extras”;
- at its discretion, offer financial support to any Parent/Carer at any time to enable his or her child to participate fully in all aspects of the life of the school.
The Governing Body will review this policy on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness and compliance with appropriate legislation.
Policy effective from September 2013.