At Garsington C of E Primary School we want to provide a range of experiences which add excitement and enjoyment to children’s learning and personal development. All our pupils should have an equal opportunity to benefit from school visits, curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Many of these activities have a cost associated with them and, unfortunately, cannot be provided unless we ask parents for voluntary contributions and, in some cases, make a charge. But there are some strict rules we have to abide by. Our charging policy, which has been agreed by governors, sets out what we will charge for, how we will try to make it manageable for parents and how we will help parents with limited incomes.
We cannot charge for activities which are part of the normal school day or part of the National Curriculum but we can ask for voluntary contributions.
Examples of circumstances in which we might ask for voluntary contributions include:
· Transport to swimming sessions
· Transport on trips
· Admission charges
We promise that:
· We will tell you at the outset if the activity cannot be funded without voluntary contributions.
· We shall give as much notice as possible of any activities which will require voluntary contributions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the school need to ask for voluntary contributions?
We want to offer a wide range of activities to broaden your child’s experience but we can’t afford to do everything we would wish without help from parents.
What happens if I am unwilling to pay?
is voluntary. Your child will not be excluded from the activity.
What happens if I am unable to pay?
Parents in certain financial circumstances will not be expected to make voluntary contributions (see section: Special Financial Arrangements).
Will my voluntary contribution pay for people who have not paid?
No. The amount we ask in voluntary contribution must not exceed the actual cost of the activity per pupil.
We can charge for any materials, books, instruments or equipment if you wish your child to own them. This means that we will make a charge for:
We can charge for music tuition if it is not required as part of the National Curriculum and is provided for an individual pupil or for groups of up to four pupils.
We promise that:
We believe that every child has an entitlement to a residential visit during their time at Garsington Primary School. This will be built into the school curriculum in years 4 and 6.
We will request a voluntary contribution towards transport and also board and lodging (unless parents are in receipt of one or more of the benefits listed at the end of this guide). The charge will not exceed the actual cost.
We promise to help you to plan for these costs by:
Parents who are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below will not be required to pay for:
This policy was last reviewed in November 2011 and will be reviewed every year to reflect changes in OCC guidance.