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Charging and Remissions

Introduction

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.

Voluntary contributions

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. The voluntary contribution sought matches, and would never exceed the actual cost of the visit. If we do not receive sufficient voluntary contributions we may need to cancel a trip, which would be at the discretion of the headteacher. If a trip goes ahead, no child will be excluded if their parent did not contribute. We do not treat these children differently from any others.

The Friends of St Mary’s aim to subsidise some out of school visits/activities to reduce the costs to parents.

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 additional activities organised by the school, which may require voluntary contributions from parents. These activities are known as ‘optional extras’. This list is not exhaustive:

  • visits to museums, art galleries;
  • outdoor adventure activities;
  • visits to the theatre or visits to school by theatre companies;
  • school educational visits
  • musical events.
  • Swimming

The school may organise swimming lessons for children from EYFS upwards at different times through the year. These take place in school time. We inform parents when these lessons are to take place, and we ask parents for their written permission for their child to take part in swimming lessons. A voluntary charge is made to cover the cost of the qualified swimming instructors and the hire of Norton swimming pool. 

Additional after school clubs

When the school offers additional after school clubs or coaching sessions which are not run by a member of the school staff, we may make a small charge.

 

 

Photocopying charges

As of January 2016

Black copies (price per copy)

A4 single sided

1-99 copies

100+ copies

8p

6p

A4 double sided 1-99 copies

100+ copies

12p

10p

A3 single sided 1-99 copies

100+ copies

14p

12p

A3 double sided 1-99 copies

100+ copies

20p

18p

 

Colour copies

A4 single sided

1-99 copies

100+ copies

40p

30p

A4 double sided 1-99 copies

100+ copies

60p

50p

A3 single sided 1-99 copies

100+ copies

70p

60p

A3 double sided 1-99 copies

100+ copies

£1.00

90p

Approved January 2016         Signed Helen Hodgson  (Chair of Governors)

Review date January 2018