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Charging Policy

Governors at North Crawley Church of England School have agreed a policy whereby parents may be invited to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of some activities, which take place during term time. No child will be excluded from such activities through lack of contribution. However, if there is insufficient financial support the activity or visit may have to be cancelled.

All the education we provide during normal school hours* is at no charge to pupils. We do not charge for any activity undertaken as part of the National Curriculum. However, we may charge for some additional extra activities such as individual or small group music tuition.

Aims and Objectives
The aims of this policy will:

  • set out what the school will not charge for, what it will make a charge for or request a voluntary contribution from parents/carers;
  • clarify how charges will be determined, so parents and carers understand why requests for payment are sometimes made for some activities.

When organising school trips or visits to enrich the curriculum and the educational experience of the children, the school invites parents and carers to contribute to the cost. 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 or carers 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 and carers have a right to know how each trip is funded, and the school provides this information on request.

The following is a list of additional activities, organised by the school, which require voluntary contributions from parents and carers. These activities are known as “optional extras”. This list is not exhaustive:

  • visits to museums
  • fieldtrips and research visits
  • activities which require transport expenses
  • outdoor adventure activities;
  • visits to or by a theatre company
  • musical events

The school does not organise any residential visits.

The school is able to secure the services of a qualified music teacher. All children study music as part of the normal school curriculum for which there is no charge. When arranged, there is a charge for individual or small-group music tuition, since this is an additional curriculum activity, and not part of the National Curriculum. These individual or small-group lessons are taught by peripatetic music teachers. The music service makes a charge for these lessons.

The school has secured the services of a qualified sports coach who teaches sports skills as part of the national curriculum and for which there is no additonal charge. However, it is necessary for the school to make a charge for after school sports clubs to cover the cost of the coaching sessions.

This policy is monitored by the governing body, and will be reviewed every three years or sooner if necessary.

*Normal school hours are 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00pm