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Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Hall Lane

Houghton-le-Spring

Tyne & Wear

DH5 8DA

Tel: 0191 5536523

 

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Please note: We have postponed the Sports Day and Summer Fayre to Friday 14th July. Hopefully this will give everyone the chance to rearrange so they can join us at these events.

Charging and Remissions Policy

Introduction

 

The Governing Body recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, practical activities, educational visits and residential experiences can make towards pupils’ academic, personal and social education and development. The Governing Body aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the school, and as additional optional activities.

 

Charging

 

All charges for income of any nature must be made through the administration team by the Office/Finance Manager who is responsible for raising invoices. Likewise all monies received for such income must be directed to the Office/Finance Manager who is responsible for the receipt of all income entering the school. Monies may be submitted to class teachers but must be in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the pupil’s name and what the money is for.

 

Music tuition

 

All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum, we do not charge for this. There is a charge for individual or group music tuition if this is not part of the curriculum. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of every term.

 

Optional extra activities

 

(Activities which take place wholly or mainly outside school hours and are not required in order to fulfil statutory duties relating to the National Curriculum or to Religious Education)

 

It is the Governing Body’s policy to charge for such activities organised by the school. The basis for calculating the charge will be proportionate for each pupil for travel, board and lodging, materials, equipment, entrance fees etc. The following is a list of additional activities organised by the school, which may require contributions from parents:

 

•Outdoor adventure activity residentials such as Derwent Hill

•Visits to the theatre

•Other school residentials

 

After school clubs

 

The school offers a Gold, Silver and Bronze package for after school clubs which includes breakfast club, after school clubs and music tuition each week. We give parents/carers information about after school clubs and contributions at the start of every term.

 

Residential visits

 

The school organises residential visits for specific year groups. The cost of the residential may include board and lodging, transport, materials, entrances and charges for any activities to be experienced. Contributions for these residential visits are requested from parents/carers.

 

Lettings

 

The Governing Body of the school wishes to make every reasonable effort to facilitate the use of the school by the community as a whole and as such may agree to let parts of the school (main hall, Living Room and football pitches) to parties other than the school. Charges apply and these are agreed by the Governing Body.

 

The Lettings policy and its attached relevant documentation (TOCA) will be completed.

 

All charges for income of any nature must be made through the administration team by the Office/Finance Manager who is responsible for raising invoices. Likewise all monies received for such income must be directed to the Office/Finance Manager who is responsible for the receipt of all income entering the school.

 

Remissions

 

Where the parent/carer of a pupil is in receipt of a qualifying state benefit, the Governing Body may remit (reduce) in part or full, the full cost of the board and lodging for residential activities.

 

The Governing Body may also remit charges in full or part to other parents in specific hardship cases. The Governing Body invites parents/carers to speak to the Headteacher in confidence. The Headteacher will authorise remissions in consultation with the Chair of Governors.

 

Voluntary contributions

 

Nothing in this policy precludes the Governing Body from inviting parents/carers to make voluntary contributions. All parents will be asked to make voluntary contributions for educational visits.

 

When organising educational visits during school time which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the activity. All contributions are voluntary.

 

If a parent wishes their child to take part in an educational visit, but is unwilling or unable to make a voluntary contribution, the child is still allowed to participate fully in the visit as long as parental consent has been given.

 

Monitoring, evaluation and Review

 

The Governing Body will review this policy at least every two years and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.

 

Links to other school policies:

 

Educational Visits

Finance and Administration Policy