The County Council has agreed a detailed statement of its policy concerning charges for school activities. The basic principle is that the education provided by a maintained school should be free of charge where it takes place wholly or mainly during school hours. In some circumstances charges may be made or voluntary contributions sought by schools and this will be brought to the attention of parents before any commitment to a particular activity is made.
Pupils whose parents are in receipt of Income Support, Child Tax Credit (where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit), Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or support given under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, are not required to pay for board and lodgings for school journeys/visits that:
The Local Authority and schools are permitted to invite voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school, or in support of any activity organised by the school, whether during or outside school hours. Each school also has its own charging and remissions policy and credit income and debt recovery policy determined by the school's governing body. A summary of this will be found in the prospectus for the school. Each school will have its own policy regarding instrumental music tuition.
For further information please contact:
Alastair Birch, Community Schools Coordinator
Tel: 01437 775031