Charging and Remissions Policy
The Education Reform Act 1988 requires that the Governors of Lambton Primary School adopt a charging and remission policy in respect of activities which take place within school time as determined by the Act. At Lambton Primary School, we believe that activities organized by the school, as part of the children’s education should be available to all children regardless of parents’ financial circumstances. No child will ever be excluded from an activity for non-payment of a contribution, though there could be occasion when an activity may need to be cancelled if there is a significant shortfall overall.
In order to enrich and enhance the curriculum, activities may be organized for which the school will request contributions from parents or carers. All such requests will be made in writing, setting out the reason for the request. All such charges will not exceed the cost of the activity apportioned equally among those participating. In respect of voluntary contributions, the school will take account of the following factors:
- The need for long-term planning so that parents receive adequate notice for a request for a voluntary contribution before the booking has been made
- The availability of other sources of funding to subsidise the activity
- Any parent who is unable to meet the cost of the voluntary contribution is asked to approach the head teacher in confidence, either in writing or in person so that special arrangements can be made
- Parents have a right to know how each trip or event is funded, and the school will provide this information on request. Voluntary contribution may be requested for the following activities:
1) Visiting groups and Special Curriculum Events: in relation to planned activities during the school day and as part of the curriculum, e.g. artist in residence, musicians, authors etc. no payment will be requested.
2) Off-Site Activities: it will be necessary to ask parents to make a voluntary contribution for off-site activities that require transport and entry costs to ensure the activity takes place. However, the school will be providing funding to subsidise the cost. Payment for such activities will be made prior to the event, and the cost will vary depending on the cost of transport and entry. Parents may pay for these trips either in one payment, or they may spread the cost over several weeks. Any parents wishing to do this should ask at the school office.
3) Fixed Cost Activities: payment is required for the following activities:
- Music Tuition: music taught as part of the national curriculum and for this there is no charge. However, pupils may receive additional instrumental tuition arranged by the school with the Schools Music Service. The cost of this tuition is paid for by parents. Parents will be informed of the costs before they agree to their child beginning the lessons. The hire or purchase of musical instruments must also be fully funded by parents.
- Breakages: the school may ask parents to pay for deliberate damage to school property or equipment.
Review Date: spring 2018; next review date: spring 2019
Person in charge: head teacher Ratified by Governors: 28.3.18