Abbey Hulton Primary Foundation Trust Governing Body is required by law to publish a policy on charging for school activities. The Education Act 1996 establishes the basic principle that the education provided by any maintained school for its registered pupils should be free of charge. This basic underlying principle requires that there should be no school admission charge and no charge for any related activity which takes place during school time. Exceptions to this general statement are as follows.
Individual tuition in playing a musical instrument may be charged for provided that it is not part of the National Curriculum.
The present policy is to continue to offer without charge group tuition (e.g. brass instruments) during the school day.
Where parents have indicated that they wish to have the finished product from a particular lesson e.g. pottery work etc. no charges are made for the materials at present
The Before School Breakfast club charges are £1.00 from 7.30am, and 50p from 8am. This includes entrance to the club and breakfast consisting of cereal and/or toast and a drink
Optional visits or activities occurring outside of school hours may be charged for in full.
Within the Education Act it is possible for schools to ask for voluntary contributions from parents. The Governing Body has therefore approved the following:
Voluntary contributions can be invited from parents towards the cost of the school activities which are related to the life and work of the school. Such contributions will be genuinely voluntary and no child whose parents feel unable to contribute will be treated differently from the rest.
Parents not wishing to make a voluntary contribution in whole or part, but wishing their child to be included, must make the fact known directly to the Headteacher or School Business Manager, who will treat any such approach in strictest confidence.
School visits and activities will be planned in advance and, if sought, voluntary contributions will usually be invited through individual letters to parents. The letter, asking for support, will outline the proposed visit, cost, educational value and its relationship to the school curriculum.
If insufficient voluntary contributions are received and the trip is considered by the Head to not be financially viable, then it will be cancelled and any monies received will be returned
Within the school disciplinary code the school may charge parents for the cost of replacing broken, damaged or lost items due to their child’s behaviour:
replacement of broken windows or fittings, defaced or damaged text books or any other
damage or loss occurring as a result of pupils’ bad behaviour. The school is empowered to recover this loss and resultant costs as a civil debt.
Unpaid charges legally recoverable will also be recouped, together with resultant costs, as a civil debt. Any amendments to this policy will be made if and when necessary.
If a pupil loses/damages a school book, a charge will be made of 50% of the cost of the item. However, the school will ensure that the pupil is given another book as soon as possible, regardless of any payment still pending.
The school only accepts payment by cash and cheque at present.
If the school is notified that any cheque payment has not cleared on the first presentation, then the school reserves the right to suspend acceptance of cheque payments for the individual concerned with immediate effect.