Bugthorpe Primary School Charging Policy
All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum with the exception of individual or group music tuition.
When organising school trips or visits which enrich the curriculum and educational experience of the children, the school invites parents to contribute to the cost of the trip. All contributions are voluntary. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions, we may cancel a trip. If a trip goes ahead, it may include children whose parents have not paid any contribution. We do not treat these children differently from any others.
If a parent wishes their child to take part in a school trip or event, but is unwilling or unable to make a voluntary contribution, we do allow the child to participate fully in the trip or activity. Sometimes the school pays additional costs in order to support the visit. Parents have a right to know how each trip is funded. The school provides this information on request.
The following is a list of possible additional activities that may be organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:
– visits to museums;
– sporting activities which require transport expenses;
– outdoor adventure activities;
– visits to the theatre;
– musical events.
If the school organises a residential visit in school time or mainly school time, which is to provide education directly related to the National Curriculum, we will charge for the education, travel expenses and the costs of board and lodging. Parents who receive state benefits are exempt from payment.
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 National Curriculum. The peripatetic music teachers teach individual or small group lessons. We make a charge for these lessons. Parents in receipt of state benefits are exempt from payment. We give parents information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.
The school organises swimming lessons for children throughout the school. These take place in school time and are part of the National Curriculum. The majority of the cost of this activity is subsidised by the school. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place.
Paragraphs to include in all letters to parents
We are asking for voluntary contributions of £xx per child, the total cost of the day is £xx per head, £xx of this will be subsidised by school fund.
The value and importance of educational visits
Learning outside the classroom is widely recognised as a valuable and effective means of extending pupil knowledge, enriching pupil understanding, and promoting personal and social development. We believe wholeheartedly in the value of these experiences, and subsidise the cost of all visits as much as possible in an attempt to ensure that these opportunities are accessible and affordable to all. However, the school seldom has the financial resources to pay the full cost. Consequently, a voluntary contribution is normally requested from parents/carers to make up the shortfall. This contribution is genuinely voluntary, and neither you nor your child will be treated differently if you are unable or choose not to contribute. However, please note that without all such voluntary contributions, this visit may have to be cancelled, as the school is not in a position to provide further financial support.
Policy agreed: September 2014